Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery

When it comes to diseased or unsalvageable teeth, oral surgery is sometimes needed to preserve one’s oral health. In addition to removing teeth that are unrestorable after becoming diseased, wisdom teeth are extracted to prevent a myriad of oral health complications. Baby teeth are commonly extracted, as well, when they do not fall out quickly enough to accommodate adult teeth during childhood. When performing oral surgery, our team at Dental Studio takes our patients’ experiences very seriously.

Tooth Extractions

When it is possible, our team will do whatever we can to preserve and keep biological teeth, as it is normally advantageous for a person to retain as much natural tooth structure as they can. Unfortunately, teeth sometimes become so diseased from decay or injury that they cannot be saved with restorations and/or endodontic treatment. Badly damaged teeth, when left untreated, can become infected at the root. This infection, called an abscess, can spread to neighboring tissue and threaten the health of the entire oral cavity. When a tooth threatens a patient’s well being, it is best to remove it.

Another reason for extractions is during childhood when permanent teeth begin to emerge. If baby teeth don’t come out fast enough to create space for new teeth, an extraction might be necessary to make the tooth transition process smoother.

Wisdom Teeth & Their Removal

Like badly diseased teeth, wisdom teeth are extracted, too. Wisdom tooth extractions may be preventive in nature or necessary after a wisdom tooth has caused oral health complications. Since wisdom teeth emerge during adulthood, they can contribute to crowding and orthodontic issues along with other problems like tooth decay and periodontal disease. With limited room for eruption, wisdom teeth often become impacted (stuck in the gums and jaw). Impacted teeth are very prone to infection as well.

When we perform any type of tooth extraction, our team takes a gentle approach to treatment. Our mission is to provide high-quality oral healthcare in a comfortable setting. Call Dental Studio today to reserve an appointment with our dentist!

FAQs

What are the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth?
Impacted wisdom teeth contribute to a few oral health conditions such as infected gums and teeth. Due to the issues they contribute to, patients can experience various types of symptoms. Related to infections, people with impacted wisdom teeth may notice inflammation at the back of the mouth, have persistent bad breath, and toothaches. Since impacted teeth affect the occlusion and might even shift the positioning of teeth with their arrival, some folks might experience orofacial pain and headaches. Because the symptoms associated with wisdom tooth arrival vary, it is important to schedule routine checkups. If an extraction is recommended, it is best to have it done as soon as possible so that wisdom teeth do not damage one’s oral health.
How long does it take for wisdom teeth extraction?
The time it takes to have a wisdom tooth extracted can vary. Sometimes, the removal of a wisdom tooth is relatively fast if its roots are not curved into the jawbone and if it has not become well established. Removing a wisdom tooth might take a little longer if it has been impacted or if it is well established. Wisdom teeth extractions, however, do not require overnight visits. They are outpatient procedures.
How much does it cost for wisdom teeth extraction?
The cost of wisdom tooth extractions depends on the number of teeth being removed and a person’s dental insurance coverage. Other factors that affect the cost of an extraction are whether the placement of the teeth requires more invasive surgical techniques and if a person requires medication that is more powerful during his or her procedure. For estimates on treatment, it is best to speak with our staff after one of our dentists has developed your treatment plan.
What is a dry socket?
Dry socket is a condition that forms after a tooth extraction if the blood clot over an empty tooth socket has been disturbed. The blood clot over an empty tooth socket needs to remain intact so that a patient can heal properly after his or her procedure. Touching the extraction site with one’s tongue or fingers, drinking through a straw, or eating food with sharp edges can dislodge the blood clot. If the clot is disturbed, patients will need to return to our office so that we can reopen the extraction site where a new clot can form.
What are tooth replacement options?
After an extraction (aside from wisdom teeth), patients will need to evaluate their tooth replacement options and choose prosthetics that meets their needs. Dental Studio offers full and partial dentures, implant-supported dentures, dental implants, and bridges. Each of these tooth replacement options provides their own benefits and limitations. Call us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your options with one of our dentists. Our team will help you make an informed decision that meets your budget and lifestyle.