Have you ever heard of wisdom teeth? For many people approaching adulthood, these molars pose a serious threat to the health and alignment of a person’s smile. In order to safeguard smiles in Kansas City, MO, we offer an extraction, an oral surgical procedure that prevents these molars from endangering oral health and smile beauty. How do we remove wisdom teeth?
The Dangers of Impaction
An impaction occurs when the wisdom teeth can only partially erupt. Impaction has caused dental infections, serious pain and discomfort, damaged teeth, and sometimes even leads to the onset of dental misalignment. In order to avoid these disruptions to your smile’s health and appearance, we often suggest removing the teeth completely before they even erupt. If your child is in his or her late teens and approaching adulthood, be sure to schedule a visit for a thorough checkup. We will use digital x-rays and other technology to assess the risk posed by their third molars, and if necessary, remove them completely.
First, we will answer any questions you may have about the procedure. Our team will also administer dental sedation, which helps patients enter a calm and relaxed state. You will be monitored by a trained anesthesiologist throughout the procedure. We then open the area of the mouth where the wisdom teeth sit. We gently remove them with forceps before suturing the area closed. A friend or family member will bring you home, as the sedation’s effects may take time to wear off completely. When you return home, we provide you with detailed instructions for everything from medication instructions to tips on how you should eat and drink in the hours and days following the extraction. During follow-up visits, we will examine your smile to ensure the area is healing properly.
The Benefits of Extraction
Removing the third molars safeguards your smile against a number of possible complications. However, in addition to wisdom teeth, we may perform the procedure to prevent the spread of infection from an infected or abscessed tooth, address severely damaged teeth, or improve alignment, removing a tooth to make room for the rest of the teeth to spread out into optimal positions. If we feel a removed tooth can be replaced, then we may preserve the extraction site and discuss the benefits of dental implants and other replacement options. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, or if you feel your smile needs immediate attention, then contact our team today.
Do You Need an Extraction?
If you have teeth in need of removal, we offer oral surgery to help restore your smile’s health and appearance. To learn more about our oral surgery, then please schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.