January 1, 2019

Can I General Dentist Perform a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

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impacted wisdom toothIf your dentist has recently recommended you have a wisdom tooth extraction, you are not alone. 10 million wisdom teeth are removed every year. Although the procedure is common, it is only recommended when your oral health is compromised, such as due to overcrowding, infection, or an impacted tooth. To have your wisdom teeth removed, you may not know where to turn. In some cases, your general dentist can perform the extraction; however, some instances may require the skills of an oral surgeon.

Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Your wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. In the past, they helped us grind and chew food, but over time they lost their purpose from evolution. Now, many people’s jaws are no longer wide enough to accommodate another set of molars. As a result, it can lead to several issues, such as:

  • Red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums.
  • Jaw pain or swelling.
  • Chronic bad breath.
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth.
  • Difficult opening your mouth.
  • Damage to adjacent teeth.
  • Partial or complete impaction.
  • Cysts or abscesses.
  • Increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Your dentist performs a consultation and takes diagnostic images to assess your wisdom teeth. Based on the information, you are scheduled to have the teeth removed to restore your oral health.

Can a General Dentist Remove Them?

There are two types of extraction methods. Depending on which one you need, your general dentist may be able to handle the procedure.

Simple Extraction

Your general dentist in Arlington can perform a simple extraction, which is used when the tooth is fully visible above the gum tissue. A local anesthetic is used to minimize any discomfort while they use special dental tools to loosen the tooth before it is extracted with forceps.

Surgical Extraction

If your tooth is partially or fully impacted, it must be removed using a surgical extraction. It may also be needed if the tooth is broken. The oral surgery is often performed under sedation. Your dentist opens the gum tissue and removes pieces of bone that surrounds the tooth. The tooth is broken into smaller pieces for easy removal. Your gum tissue is sutured closed.

What Can I Expect During Recovery?

It is normal to experience some pain, swelling, and bruising for a few days after your treatment. To promote the healing process:

  • Consume a liquid or soft diet.
  • Carefully maintain your oral hygiene.
  • Avoid hot foods and drinks.
  • Do not drink through a straw.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not chew gum.
  • Do not rinse your mouth vigorously.

Stop Your Pain Today!

If you are ready to overcome the pain of bothersome wisdom teeth, schedule your consultation for a customized treatment plan.

About Allheart Dental Implants & Orthodontics

Allheart Dental Implants & Orthodontics has an oral surgeon on hand to handle both simple and surgical extractions. If you need a wisdom tooth consultation, contact our office today for an appointment.

 

 

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