Taking good care of your teeth will make your smile healthier. Unfortunately, your third molars, when they try to come in, may need to be removed altogether. This situation arises when there is no room for these teeth to come through properly. Because these are the last of your teeth to erupt in your mouth, they tend to arrive in the late teens/young adult stage. At this point in your oral development, the dental arch simply may not be able to accommodate them.
Our dentist at Main Street Dental may recommend extracting your wisdom teeth if they are angled in such a way that they will cause issues for neighboring teeth or if they are impacted (blocked from coming through because of the teeth around them). When the third molar can’t emerge, you may end up with inflamed or infected tissue around it, or incite damage to the teeth near it.
So how does your dentist remove the third molar? First, our dentist makes an incision in the gums that lie above the tooth. This should expose the molar for extraction. If there is any bone material blocking the top of the molar, it will be removed so the molar can be extracted. Next, the tooth will be rocked back and forth gently to loosen it from the ligaments, using a dental instrument designed for the job. If necessary, the tooth may be cut into smaller pieces for extraction. After the molar is completely removed, stitches may be applied over the area.
Do you have a wisdom tooth that needs to be removed? If so, we are happy to provide you with the quality care you need in a comfortable setting. Our experienced team in Weatherford, Texas, is happy to help you have a healthier smile. Simply call 817-458-9900 for an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Souvik Sarkar.