Sometimes a damaged or impacted tooth requires an extraction or oral surgery, and you’ll need an experienced dentist to ensure you’re getting the best treatment. The team at Buchanan Dental Arts in Buchanan, New York, specializes in oral surgery, including wisdom teeth extractions. If you suspect you’ll need oral surgery, call or use the online booking tool to make your appointment today.
The most common type of tooth extraction worldwide is wisdom teeth removal. Also known as the “third molars,” your wisdom teeth break through your gum line when you’re between the ages of 17-21.
While this is completely normal, wisdom teeth are also more likely to become impacted. Left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can cause an abscess or other more serious oral health problems.
The team at Buchanan Dental Arts also performs tooth extractions prior to orthodontic treatment and cosmetic dentistry. For example, if you have overcrowded teeth, your dentist may recommend an extraction to make room for implants or a dental bridge.
Prior to a tooth extraction, your dentist takes a series of X-rays to get a better look at the affected tooth, as well as its nerves and roots. They also perform a thorough oral exam and review of your medical history to ensure you’re a good candidate.
Next, your dentist injects a local anesthetic such as Novocaine into your gums, preventing any pain or discomfort. Once the sedative kicks in, your dentist carefully uses a pair of medical pliers to remove your tooth.
For impacted teeth, your dentist removes any bone or tissue blocking the way and then performs the extraction. The entire process typically takes less than one hour.
Following your tooth extraction, experiencing some swelling, soreness, and general discomfort is normal. During the healing process, be patient, adhere to your dentist’s recovery instructions, and take your antibiotics and pain medication as prescribed.
In the first 24 hours after your operation, you should also avoid rinsing your mouth out with water, drinking from a straw, or biting down on the extraction site.
At Buchanan Dental Arts, the team performs a wide variety of oral surgeries, including wisdom teeth extractions, implant placement, bone grafting, and sinus elevation. Following a comprehensive exam and discussion of your goals, they’ll develop a treatment plan that aligns with your needs.
To learn more about the benefits of oral surgery, call or use the online booking tool and make an appointment at Buchanan Dental Arts today.