Tooth Extraction St. Louis – Wisdom Tooth Extraction St. Louis
When a tooth is damaged to the extent that a filling, crown, or other treatment is not enough to fix it, that tooth may need to be removed, or extracted. Common tooth extractions can be performed by a general dentist, where more extensive tooth removals such as wisdom teeth removal requires the assistance of an oral surgeon. If you’re dealing with a damaged tooth, our team can help you decide whether tooth extraction is needed. Call Doctor Cutrona and our oral hygienist team at (314)-361-1818.
Here are some of the most common reasons a tooth may need to be extracted:
- To extract teeth that are obstructing the movement or growth of other teeth.
- Removal of teeth that are severely infected. Infected teeth can cause serious infections throughout the body if not removed.
- To remove wisdom teeth which have become impacted.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction St. Louis
Wisdom tooth removal is an extraction procedure commonly performed by an oral (maxillofacial) surgeon. Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that emerge, typically during adolescence or a person’s early twenties. In many cases, wisdom teeth may fail to emerge fully and are said to be impacted. When this happens, most dentists or oral surgeons recommend wisdom tooth extraction. Some of the most common issues brought on by wisdom tooth impaction include:
- The impacted tooth causes other teeth to shift position
- Possible sinus function issues and congestion
- Jaw pain
- Bone loss
- Gum irritation
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically begin to develop at age 10 and may surface through a person’s twenties. It is quite common for wisdom teeth to fail to emerge and cause issues within the jaw and gum line. When this happens, the wisdom tooth is said to be impacted. Roughly seventy percent of adults will experience at least one impacted wisdom tooth during their lifetime.
Wisdom teeth become impacted for several different reasons. The main reason is that as teeth grow in, the available space in the jaw gets smaller, which means wisdom teeth, the last to grow in, have very little space to grow into. In some cases, a wisdom tooth is obstructed from fully emerging by other teeth, or because the wisdom tooth comes in at an angle. In all of these cases, the wisdom tooth must be removed.
Wisdom teeth removal is far more complex than regular tooth extraction procedures; it typically requires patients to be sedated during the procedure. An oral surgeon is commonly in charge of overseeing the procedure and the tooth removal.
Tooth Extraction St. Louis – Wisdom Tooth Removal St. Louis
If you’re currently dealing with tooth pain, and you believe extraction is a service you need, our family dentistry in St. Louis can help. Our team is comprised of highly trained and qualified dentists and oral hygienists, and we can help you get the exact dental care you deserve. Call our team now at (314)-361-1818 to schedule your appointment.