Wisdom Teeth Extractions – Phoenix, AZ
We Can Remove Teeth Safely & Comfortably
The goal of preventive and restorative dentistry is to help you keep all of your teeth for a lifetime. However, there are times when the best choice for your continuing health and wellbeing is tooth extraction. The development of wisdom teeth is often one of those circumstances. It does not matter if your wisdom teeth are impacted beneath your gums or if they have already erupted. These large molars could pose a threat to your oral health as well as your general health. That is why wisdom teeth extractions in Phoenix are often recommended for teenage patients.
What is the Trouble with Wisdom Teeth?
There are several reasons to have wisdom teeth extracted. First, wisdom teeth are usually too large for most people’s jaws. Our prehistoric ancestors needed these large teeth to chew the leafy vegetation, berries, seeds and tough meats that made up their diets. That is why Mother Nature gave them jaws that were big enough for these teeth.
In modern times, the human jaw is much smaller, and we eat foods that are easier to digest. Therefore, wisdom teeth have become obsolete so that they are typically more trouble than they are worth.
One of the most common complaints about wisdom teeth is that they hurt. This is often because they are putting pressure on adjacent teeth. Furthermore, if you or your child has recently has orthodontic treatment, then this pressure can lead to alignment issues.
Other reasons for wisdom teeth extraction include:
- A higher risk of tooth infection and gum disease
- Trapped food particles that can lead to decay or infection
- Damage to the bone
How Are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
Each patient’s case is different, but generally speaking wisdom tooth extractions in Phoenix are a routine procedure that do not take more than one hour to complete. First, the dentist administers a local anesthetic to numb the bone, gum and tooth. Devoted Family Dental also offers oral conscious sedation if you would like to be blissfully unaware during your procedure. Speak to the dentist when scheduling your appointment.
Once the anesthetic has taken affect, each wisdom tooth is surgically exposed. Whenever possible, the dentist will use forceps to pull the entire tooth. If the tooth is very large or impacted, then it may need to be cut and removed in sections. Finally, sutures are placed to help your gums heal. We will do everything in our power to make this process comfortable, smooth and worry-free.
Afterwards, our dentists will give you detailed instructions on how to care for the extraction site. It is important to keep the gums clean and follow our recovery instructions so that the tissue heals without trouble in a few weeks.
If you or your teenager experiences discomfort during recovery, an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen will help. If pain becomes severe or a strong fever develops, call Devoted Family Dental immediately. We are here to help without delay!