What are Tooth Extractions?
The most common tooth removal procedure is the removal of wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are molars in the back of the mouth that are the last adult teeth to erupt. Unfortunately, many people’s mouths don’t have room for them.
Pulling Wisdom Teeth
If a wisdom tooth fails to erupt, it is described as “impacted,” and can result in the following problems:
- Pain and discomfort: Impacted wisdom teeth can push against other teeth, causing ongoing pain and discomfort.
- Decay: If wisdom teeth only have room to partially emerge from the gum, there is a high risk of tooth decay.
- Overcrowding: Partially emerged wisdom teeth can crowd the rest of the teeth, pushing them out of alignment.
- Gum disease or infection: Impacted wisdom teeth can encourage the build-up of bacteria that leads to gum disease or infection.
Other Reasons for Tooth Removal
There are other reasons for removing teeth, including if a tooth is damaged, decaying, infected, or crowding other teeth. In most cases, removing a tooth calls for a simple extraction in which we loosen and pull the tooth out. There are some instances where removing the tooth requires an incision into the gum, in which case we need to administer general anesthesia to complete the procedure.