May 5, 2017
When a patient is between the ages of 16 and 22, a third set of molars erupts, known as the wisdom teeth. While these molars once helped our ancestors chew tough foods, now they mainly cause headaches and complications. Due to evolution, our jaws became narrower, causing them to be too small to accommodate another set of teeth. This leads to serious complications that often causes them to need to be extracted. As a family dentist in Angier, Dr. Brenda Gong provides wisdom tooth extractions to restore your oral health.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Extracted?
It is estimated that 10 million wisdom teeth are removed from more than 5 million people each year due to complications. Often, there is not enough room for the molars to erupt. As a result, it can cause the teeth to come in tilted, tipped, or rotated, which can lead to overcrowding. In some cases, the teeth can become fully or partially trapped in the gum or bone tissue, known as an impaction. When complications with the teeth are not resolved, it can lead to poor dental health, pain, and infection.
How are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
After performing an initial consultation, Dr. Gong will determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed. If it is in your best interest to have them taken out, you will need either a simple or surgical extraction. To determine which form of extraction you will need, a visual examination is performed. In addition, diagnostic images are taken to fully view the position of the teeth. Depending on Dr. Gong’s finding, you may need one or both types of extractions depending on the position of each tooth. In some cases, not all four teeth will need to be removed. Instead, only those that are causing problems may need to be taken out.
When the molars are visible above the gum line, they can easily be removed using forceps. This is known as a simple extraction. However, if the teeth are impacted or cannot be fully seen above the gum line, a surgical extraction is needed.
During a surgical extraction, you will be given a sedative to minimize discomfort. Then, the gum tissue is opened to expose the tooth. The surrounding gum and bone tissue may need to be removed. The tooth will then be broken into smaller pieces and each section will be removed. Finally, the surgical site is closed with sutures. You will be given strict aftercare instructions to ensure the proper healing of the surgical site.
Where Can I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
It is best to have a wisdom tooth consultation during the teen years; however, it is never too late to schedule a consultation, especially if the teeth are causing you problems. Dr. Gong provides the necessary consultation to determine if you need to have the molars extracted. If she recommends you have the teeth removed, she will help you throughout the entire process.
If you need a wisdom tooth consultation, contact Accent Family Dentistry today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Gong.
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