Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Dallas, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah

Tooth extraction

Dentists extract impacted wisdom teeth to prevent the risk of infection or gum disease, decay, sinus damage, cysts or tumors, and damage to neighboring teeth. Though this is a fairly standard treatment in the United States, there are also a number of determining factors that can contribute to the complexity of the procedure. How complex will your procedure be? Well that depends on what The Wisdom Teeth Guys find during your evaluation. Give the Wisdom Teeth Guys a call today to schedule a consultative appointment.

What Will the Dentist Look For?

Female patient in dentist office getting tooth procedure

Impacted wisdom teeth pose an assortment of challenges. So, long before your surgery, we will conduct a thorough evaluation involving X-rays and a number of questions. This will help us determine the level of complexity and know what to expect during the procedure. During this initial appointment we will look for:

  • How many impacted wisdom teeth you have
  • The positions and depth of your wisdom teeth
  • Tooth shape
  • The condition of your soft tissue and bone
  • How wisdom teeth relate to your sinus and neighboring molars
  • Existing decay or infections that might impede the procedure
  • Any red-flags in your medical and dental history

Once we complete the analysis, we’ll talk with you about the procedure and recommend the type of sedation best for your unique circumstances. We will give you list of directions to follow prior to your treatment so you can be admitted quickly, and we can perform the procedure as safely and efficiently as possible.

Different Classifications for Impacted Wisdom Teeth

The Wisdom Teeth Guys will determine the type of classification based on the nature of overlying tissue, the inclination of the tooth, the relationship between impacted teeth and the second molar and the sinus approximation.

Each type of wisdom tooth impaction has a definitive path of withdrawal the dentist will need to follow and directly affects the complexity of each procedure. For example, mesially and buccally impacted maxillary (upper) teeth are usually easier for a dentist to remove. But distally impacted teeth can be some of the hardest. By defining the classification of your impacted wisdom teeth, we can design the best method of treatment to minimize the risk of complications.

Straight Forward Procedure

When it comes to treatment, you have no reason to expect the worst. Some surgical extractions are quite easy and are no more difficult than any other tooth. This is especially true if your third molars have substantially penetrated through the soft tissue. If the third molars are small or moderate in size and have fused roots, the extraction is simple and you will be surprised at how quick and easy it is for the dentist to remove them. Here are the steps we would likely follow:

  1. Apply local and IV Sedation (we use IV sedation on all our wisdom teeth extractions).
  2. Then with lifter forceps the dentist clamps down on the tooth and wiggles it back and forth until the tooth comes free.

Surgical Extraction Procedure

If you have an impacted wisdom tooth then part of the crown has not broken through the gums. So it follows that to access the tooth the provider would need to cut an incision in the gums and perhaps even cut away some bone to perform the extraction that is the surgical part of this extraction. For this procedure we would:

  1. Apply local and general anesthesia.
  2. Cut a slit in the soft tissue.
  3. Surgically remove any obstructing bone.
  4. Extract the wisdom tooth.

Sectioning a Wisdom Tooth for Extraction

In addition to surgically accessing the impacted tooth, sometimes the dentist must cut or section the tooth for full removal. Usually, the dentist opts for this procedure as way to minimize the amount of bone that must be removed. We would:

  1. Apply local and general anesthesia.
  2. Access the tooth by surgically opening the gum and bone.
  3. Section the tooth into small pieces and remove them through an access opening.

Wonder what type of extraction you require? Call our offices in the Dallas, Texas or Salt Lake City, Utah areas and get an evaluation right away. We have three locations to serve you in Utah – Bountiful, Provo, and Murray and three in Dallas – Arlington, Frisco and Richardson. We look forward to seeing you!

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