When people have problem teeth, whether from damage or overcrowding, those teeth sometimes need to be extracted in order to avoid infection and damage to surrounding teeth. We perform extractions for all kinds of dental problems, the most common being wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth are the four third molars, which are the last teeth to erupt. They typically begin to appear in the upper teenage years and may come in as late as age 25. Unfortunately, nine out of ten people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth, which means that the tooth is unable to completely enter the mouth because there is not enough room. If you have impacted teeth in your mouth, they may come in sideways, only partially come out of the gums, damage teeth around it, or become infected.
Dental and medical professionals agree that most wisdom teeth should be removed in order to avoid serious potential problems. They are easier to take out of patients who are younger, because the roots of the wisdom teeth are not completely formed yet. Plus, the bone surrounding the tooth is softer and the likelihood of damaging nearby nerves or other teeth is decreased in younger patients. However, many patients wait until their wisdom teeth cause them pain, which can occur at any age. Regardless of the age of the patient, the professionals at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants are experts at working with a patient care team to determine the best solutions for each patient. Each patient care team consists of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, a dentist, an orthodontist, and the patient.
The patient care team will perform an oral examination on you that includes x-rays. Based on the results of the exam, the team will create and communicate a plan that includes extraction of the teeth at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants. At this exam, you will be invited to ask questions about your specific extraction surgery and discuss your expectations. Drs. Omlie, Haas, Gulbrandsen, Tidstrom, Stich, Kurtzman, Pearson, Sundick, Neuner, McMahon, and Spanel are experienced, well-trained, and licensed, and will work with you to determine the best anesthetic option for you.
Your surgery will occur in our operating suites, using state-of-the-art monitoring equipment. During surgery, your surgeon will extract the teeth while you are under local anesthesia, laughing gas, or IV sedation. Once the teeth have been removed, your gums will be stitched shut. Depending on your specific situation, the time you are in surgery will vary and your surgeon will be able to explain that to you after your exam.
Some patients experience mild discomfort and swelling after their teeth are removed, which is expected. Your surgeon will guide you regarding what to expect during your recovery and how to adjust your diet and lifestyle, if needed. You will also go home with a post-operative kit that has instructions and any prescriptions you might need.
As with all of our surgical procedures, the surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants are dedicated to our patients’ comfort and surgical success.