Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can have major impact upon your oral health and appearance. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:
- Severe decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Infection or abscess
- Orthodontic correction
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
A certain amount of discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, which can be minimized with a pain killer and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. After a routine extraction, discomfort should lessen within two to three days.
Wisdom teeth are the last molars, or “third molars” that normally develop in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16-20.
Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, problems develop that require their removal. When the jaw is not large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted (unable to come in or misaligned). In some cases, entrapped wisdom teeth can lead to extensive damage of the adjacent teeth.
A wisdom tooth extraction is usually a relatively routine procedure. The dentist will numb the area in your mouth with a local anesthetic or use additional minimal sedation if requested.