Everything You Need to Know About Wisdom Tooth & Teeth Extractions Dallas, Texas
When it’s time to remove wisdom teeth or other teeth, call DNA Dental Dallas at (214) 295-9270 for safe, pain-free extraction.
The thought of having wisdom teeth or other teeth removed can be worrying, so choosing a dentist who will provide gentle, safe, and pain-free dental surgery is essential. Dr. Darya Timin and the expert team at DNA Dental Dallas make dental extractions easy. Call (214) 295-9270 today to learn about our services.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
- Overcrowding — Sometimes there isn’t enough room for teeth to grow properly; selectively extracting teeth makes space for natural, healthy growth. This often occurs at the beginning of orthodontic procedures.
- Injury — When an injury causes irreparable damage to teeth.
- Decay — If tooth decay is too severe to repair.
- Serious gum disease — When gum disease damages the ligaments and bone supporting the tooth.
- Impacted teeth — This means teeth are not fully grown above the gum. Impaction is a leading reason for wisdom teeth extraction, but it can also happen to teeth elsewhere in the mouth.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
The third and final set of molars to appear in an adult’s mouth are known as the wisdom teeth. They are way in the back, behind the last molars, and usually appear at 17 to 20 years old. Sometimes they break through the gum painlessly, cause no trouble, and can be treated just like all the other teeth.
More often, the jaw isn’t big enough for the wisdom teeth, causing them to grow at angles and into surrounding teeth, damaging them. Even straight wisdom teeth can stop growing before they break through the gum, leading to infection or tooth decay.
Both these problems are called impactions and can cause serious dental issues. Extracting these impacted teeth is an effective solution. Because the teeth are so far back in the jaw, replacing them isn’t necessary.
The Main Reasons to Extract Wisdom Teeth
- Gum infections
- Damage to other teeth
How Tooth Extraction Works
Before the Procedure
Tooth extraction is only scheduled when it is essential. To determine this, a dentist will thoroughly examine the patient’s teeth and gums. Using X-rays and other diagnostic imaging, the dentist will look below the gum surface, where the teeth grow out of the jaw bone, to identify any complications. Before extracting the tooth, dentists and patients discuss plans for closing the gap or replacing the missing tooth.
The Extraction Procedure
Although it may sound daunting, patients often feel no discomfort during a tooth extraction. For simple extractions, where the tooth is above the gum line and easy to remove, a local anesthetic numbs the pain sufficiently. For more complicated extractions, it may be necessary to administer a general anesthetic to patients in a light sleep while the dentist performs the extraction.
During a surgical extraction, the dentist lifts soft gum tissue covering the tooth to expose it. Bigger teeth may be broken into pieces to make their removal easier. A surgical tooth extraction usually takes between 20 and 40 minutes.
After removing the tooth, the dentist sews the gum back into place. Patients who have had general anesthetic will be taken to a recovery room before release.
The patient’s mouth must recover after tooth removal, and the length of time this takes depends on the complexity of the procedure. When the mouth heals sufficiently, restoration can begin. In cases of tooth overcrowding, fitting braces to guide the remaining teeth into place is a common next step. If the extraction results in a gap the natural teeth won’t cover, the dentist may replace the extracted tooth with dentures, a bridge, or a dental implant.
DNA Dental Dallas is owned and run by women who are dedicated to helping patients achieve beautiful, healthy teeth in a pain-free and relaxing environment. Led by Dr. Darya Timin, the DNA Dental team proudly serves the Dallas, Texas, area and is up to date and skilled in the latest preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental techniques, including wisdom tooth and teeth extraction. Patient comfort and satisfaction are our top priority.