Tooth extraction can be indicated for many reasons. Although this is often the last option, it may be necessary to extract a tooth or multiple teeth.
The goal of dental extraction is to remove the offending tooth while preserving and protecting the surrounding area as a patient may decide to have a dental implant(s) placed in the future.
If a patient is apprehensive about a dental extraction we can offer mild sedation in the form of Nitrous Oxide “Laughing Gas” or Oral Sedation with Benzodiazepines.
Post-operative care and medication protocols are important for reducing pain and optimizing timely healing of all dental extraction sites, but becomes especially important when taking care of wisdom tooth extraction sites. These items will be discussed with the dentist before and after treatment.
Following treatment post-operative written instructions will be given to patients.
Wisdom teeth can be problematic throughout life depending on the patients’ jaw size and tooth position. Wisdom teeth are often prone to cavities and gum disease. Patients often do not have adequate space in the mouth to accommodate the teeth in health.
When a wisdom tooth does not erupt into function it is often referred to as impacted.
Depending on multiple variables and anatomical considerations wisdom tooth extraction can range from simple to very difficult. Clinical exam and dental imaging is used to determine difficulty and risk factors.
Sedation is often used if a patient is anxious about wisdom tooth removal or if the patient is having multiple wisdom teeth removed at once. We offer Oral Sedation and Nitrous Oxide sedation options.
For a patient that is very anxious or for wisdom teeth with additional risk factors, referral to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is warranted. Oral surgeons will often, “put the patient to sleep” using either IV sedation or General Anesthesia administered by an anesthesiologist.