Sometimes teeth need to be extracted, and in some cases, those extractions are more complicated. At the Center for Dental Excellence East Lake in Tarpon Springs, Florida, Courtney Nowicki, DDS, MS, FICOI, strives to make oral surgery extractions as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Booking your visit takes very little time online or over the phone, so don’t delay.
Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars and sit at the very back of your jaw. They emerge from your gums between the ages of 17 and 25 when you’ve perhaps gained more “wisdom” than you had in your younger years.
For many people, wisdom teeth do not have adequate room to emerge normally. They are sometimes positioned sideways or otherwise “trapped” in your jaw, which is referred to as being impacted. Partial eruption is also common.
When wisdom teeth cannot emerge properly in line with the rest of your teeth, numerous problems can occur. Reasons for extraction include:
Once you have X-rays or other forms of imaging, your dentist can see how your wisdom teeth are positioned. If they cause problems, you learn about each treatment option, including what to expect if you choose to not move forward with extraction.
To extract your wisdom teeth, your dentist uses a local anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. Then they create an incision in your gum tissue to gain access to the tooth.
Special dental tools are used to grasp the tooth and dislodge it from the underlying bone tissue. In some cases, wisdom teeth need to be broken into smaller pieces for extraction, but again, you won’t feel a thing. The practice also offers minimal conscious sedation dentistry to help you get through your treatment with ease.
Wisdom teeth aren’t the only teeth that sometimes need a surgical extraction. Any time a tooth cannot be removed without making an incision into your gum tissue, the procedure is technically oral surgery. For example, if your tooth breaks off at the gumline and cannot be grasped or maneuvered for extraction, you need surgery to remove it.
Some procedures are more complicated than others, but you always learn what to expect from the process before treatment begins.
At the Center for Dental Excellence East Lake, Dr. Nowicki handles most extraction procedures. She has extensive experience in oral surgery, including completing the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program with a focus on oral surgery.
If you have additional questions about oral surgery extractions, book a personalized consultation to explore your options. Call or schedule an appointment online.