Whether you need a baby tooth or a wisdom tooth extracted, you can depend on Dr. Morrison for skilled, experienced care with a gentle touch. A tooth needs to be removed for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth, or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
Many people between the the ages of 17-25 need to have their third molars, commonly called wisdom teeth, removed. Inadequate space in the mouth does not allow these teeth to erupt properly and become fully functional. When this happens, the tooth can become impacted (stuck) in an undesirable or potentially harmful position. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to infection, damage to other teeth, and tooth crowding, and possibly cysts or tumors. To learn more about impacted wisdom teeth see Dr. Morrison's blog "Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth."
Dr. Morrison will explain the steps in detail and answer all your questions. The area will be x-rayed and then numbed using local anesthesia so that you will feel pressure, but no pain. If you feel anxious or uneasy about having a tooth removed, we offer gentle sedation to help you through. Following the procedure, you'll receive detailed instructions on important steps to promote healing. This includes what to take for discomfort, how to handle any swelling, and how to keep the area clean. During healing, if you have any concerns, we have a doctor on call 24/7 to help you.
In some cases, the removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health. Dr. Morrison will always discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth (if necessary) once healing is complete.