Extractions and Wisdom Teeth


Wisdom teeth are the last of our adult teeth to erupt. For most people, wisdom teeth erupt between ages 17 and 25. For a lot of patients, wisdom teeth erupt at an angle, impacting your other teeth and need to be extracted as a result. Additionally, there is often not enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to erupt properly, which can lead to gum infections or decay if not treated in a timely manner. The process of extracting a wisdom tooth usually takes half an hour or less, and most of this time is spent by getting numbed up and informed of after care. However, there are some circumstances in which this procedure may take longer. To further elaborate, sometimes wisdom teeth are required to be surgically removed rather than by performing a simple extraction. Not to worry though; our amazing dentists are extremely experienced in surgical extractions and your lovely dental assistant is there to help guide you throughout the entire process.

As shown here, this wisdom tooth is impacted as it is formed at an angle. Without an extraction, this patient’s wisdom tooth would erupt in a way that affects the other existing teeth, as well as cause the patient pain.

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An extraction is the process in which a tooth is removed. Here at Taigum Dental Team, striving to save a damaged tooth is always in our best interest. However, in some circumstances, an extraction is required as the tooth may no longer have enough tooth structure remaining, or decay could be well below the gumline making the tooth unrestorable. Additionally, some further reasons that a patient may require an extraction are: having a broken tooth, having trauma on a tooth or having severe periodontal (gum) disease.

After-care with an extraction is super important in making sure your mouth heals well. It is strongly recommended that you have a restful day with no strenuous exercise or heavy lifting. Equally important is to make sure that you don’t smoke nicotine products or drink alcoholic beverages for a minimum of 48-72 hours after your extraction. Otherwise, it is likely you will develop a dry socket. Additionally, it is important to know that experiencing some pain after an extraction is normal. In most cases, simple painkillers are effective in preventing this pain. Remember to only take painkillers that are safe for you.

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