Wisdom Teeth Removal in Phoenix, AZ Area
Extraction is a "last resort" treatment plan applied mostly to teeth that are damaged beyond repair or no longer viable. Impacted wisdom teeth, or wisdom teeth that fail to erupt normally at the back of the mouth, often cause pain, swelling and infection when lying sideways or crookedly inside your gums. If this occurs, you may need wisdom teeth extraction in Phoenix, AZ at AZ Family Dental. In addition, digital X-rays can reveal whether your wisdom teeth will erupt normally or become impacted and fail to erupt in the future.
Simple and Surgical Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Two kinds of dental extractions exist--simple and surgical. When dentists perform a simple extraction, they usually do not need to make any incisions. Instead, the tooth has already erupted and simply needs to be pulled using forceps and an elevator. Alternately, surgical extractions require dentists to extract the tooth by elevating gum tissues and removing bone surrounding and concealing the tooth. Depending on how deeply embedded the tooth is in the gums, your dentist may also need to remove jawbone tissues using an osteotome. To make surgical extractions easier, your dentist may break the tooth into smaller pieces to avoid a lengthy extraction process.
Facts about Wisdom Teeth
Everyone has a set of third molars, also known as wisdom teeth. While a handful of people live with their wisdom teeth and experience no problems, most need to undergo wisdom teeth extraction in their late teens or early 20s.
Wisdom teeth removal is required when the teeth fail to break through the gums. In most cases, the wisdom teeth are angled forward and put pressure on the other molars. Other people may have teeth angled backwards or even sideways, which can lead to dental problems in the future. Some patients undergo wisdom teeth extraction to address exiting problems like tongue pain or toothache, but most have the procedure done before any problems occur.
Schedule wisdom teeth surgery at AZ Family Dental in Glendale, AZ
Wisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure, but how it is performed varies from one person to the next. During a typical session, the patient is given local anesthesia around the teeth that are being removed. Some patients may be sedated consciously so they’re more comfortable and relaxed yet still awake, while others may be sedated into unconsciousness and not remember anything about the procedure.
The time it takes to perform a wisdom tooth extraction depends on where and how the teeth are growing in. Teeth that have partially erupted through the gum tend to be easier to remove, while teeth that are growing sideways and under the gum require more invasive surgery.
Following the procedure, the patient may experience some pain and swelling, neither of which typically lasts longer than a few days. The dentist will prescribe pain medications to relieve any lingering pain in the teeth and gums. Our dentist in Glendale, AZ will also provide home care instructions on how to help minimize and manage pain and other aftereffects of wisdom teeth removal, as well as schedule a follow-up visit.
If you are suffering wisdom tooth pain, please call today to schedule an appointment at AZ Family Dental: 623-777-2037