Our job is to help you keep your teeth. Unfortunately, there are times when a tooth is not saveable and removing the tooth is the only option. This thought strikes fear in the minds of most people. Leaving a bad tooth can be a scarier situation though. Pain, infection, and swelling can lead to even worse problems if not treated properly. If we recommend tooth removal, we’ll do our best to make you comfortable and gently walk you through the process.
Most tooth extractions are a straight-forward process, but some teeth are more difficult to extract than others. For example, your front teeth typically have a single straight root. These are obviously more easy to remove than a back molar that has multiple roots that are often curved. Our goal is always to gently remove the tooth while protecting the surrounding bone and tissues so that you’ll have minimal discomfort afterwards and heal more quickly. Periodically, we’ll recommend sedation if we feel it would make the procedure more comfortable. We’ll also be sure to discuss all your options for replacing that tooth as soon as possible.
The last teeth to arrive in your mouth are your third molars, more commonly called wisdom teeth. They typically appear in your late teens. Some people are fortunate enough to have their wisdom teeth grown into place just like all the rest without any complications. It’s more common to have the wisdom teeth only partially erupt through the gums, grow in sideways, or get trapped behind the neighboring teeth and never erupt at all. These situations can lead to infection, pain, and damage to the other teeth. Even when there is enough room for the teeth to properly erupt, they are positioned so far back in the mouth that they’re difficult to clean and thus, are susceptible to decay.
At Buxton Family Dental, we’ll evaluate the position and alignment of your wisdom teeth and provide recommendations. We recommend that patients have their wisdom teeth out in their late teens if it’s necessary. The procedure tends to be far more simple and healing occurs much more rapidly at a younger age. We usually suggest some type of sedation as well to ensure ultimate comfort during what can be a daunting procedure for most patients.
If the removal of your wisdom teeth is more complicated due to the alignment of your teeth or the makeup of the structures surrounding the teeth, we may refer you to a specialist called an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Our specialists will provide the same quality care you expect from us.
You can reach Buxton Family Dental at 970-482-6333 or go to our Contact Us page for more ways to get in touch.