Single or Multiple Tooth Extractions
Some people make the mistake of only visiting their dentist when they have damaged tooth or if they require a tooth extraction. However, at Optima Dental, we consider tooth extraction as a last resort. In our Lawrenceville, Georgia clinic, we do our best to preserve your natural teeth although in some cases, an extraction is the only option available. This is particularly true for wisdom teeth.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are your third and final set of molars. You usually get them in your late teens or early 20s, although a few may get them a bit later. In some cases, these teeth can be healthy and come out properly aligned.
But in most cases, they just cause problems or pose risks. This is why they’re often extracted. They may come out at an awkward angle thereby reducing the quality of your smile. They may also cause some crowding in your back teeth, which leads to damage to the nearby teeth or to the nerves and jawbones. Or, the wisdom teeth may be in an area that makes it difficult to clean them properly, so you end up with cavities and an awful toothache.
Some wisdom teeth may only come out halfway or not come out at all. When it only partially breaks through the gum line, a flap of gum tissue can grow over the wisdom tooth. Germs and food bits can be trapped under it, and that leads to infection that causes your gums to swell and ache.
The Extraction Process
At Optima Dental, we can extra your teeth one at a time, or we can remove all 4 wisdom teeth at once. If you have any other problem teeth, we can assess their condition to see if other restorative measures can be used to preserve the affected tooth. We strongly advise against home measures for tooth extractions, as these methods can lead to complications such as infections.
The first stage involves the use of anesthesia. In most cases, local anesthesia is used to numb the area so that the extraction becomes painless. For a few patients who are extra sensitive, general anesthesia is also available.
The extraction of the tooth depends on its particular condition. Generally, our dentist will gradually loosen the tooth by gripping it tight and then wiggling it in place to loosen it enough to lift the tooth from the gums.
In cases when the tooth is impacted, the dentist will have to break up the tooth in smaller pieces first. If we need to make incisions on the gums to remove the tooth, suturing will be needed afterwards to close the incision. We usually use soluble sutures so that it dissolves easily.
Once the procedure is done, we always give careful instructions to our patients so that they can recuperate quickly and with little discomfort. Read more about our Sedation Dentistry options.
If you have a toothache or you have troublesome wisdom teeth, call us at (770) 962-4322. We can determine if the teeth needs to be extracted or we can also recommend other options if applicable. At Optima Dental, we make sure that tooth extractions are done correctly, safely and as painlessly as possible.