Oral surgery is important for addressing complex dental issues including wisdom tooth extractions and gum and bone grafting. We has extensive experience in advanced oral surgery techniques, helping patients in Mesquite, Garland, Rockwall, Sunnyvale and throughout Dallas County, TX, get the best possible care for their needs.
Tooth Removal and Wisdom Teeth extractions
Also called third molars, wisdom teeth usually make their first appearance in young adults between the ages of 15 to 25. Because most mouths are too small for these back most molars, an extraction procedure, sometimes immediately after they surface, is often necessary. Most oral health specialists will recommend an immediate removal of the wisdom teeth, as early removal will help to eliminate future problems, as an impacted tooth can destroy the needed second molar. At Mesquite Dental Smiles, we offer different options of sedation so that the appointment is relaxed.
Oral Surgery Q & A
What is oral surgery?
Oral surgery includes procedures designed to treat more complex issues, including complex extractions and wisdom tooth extractions, gum surgery, bone and gum grafting, and placement of implants. Oral surgery can also be used to rebuild teeth or other areas of the mouth following trauma.
Do wisdom teeth always need to be extracted?
Wisdom tooth extraction is almost always a good idea. Because wisdom teeth are the last teeth to emerge, the mouth is already filled with teeth by the time they erupt from beneath the gum. As a result, many wisdom teeth become “stuck” or impacted under neighboring teeth, or they may emerge sideways or crooked, pressing on other teeth and causing alignment issues or chronic pain. Having these teeth pulled is essential for maintaining oral health and avoiding other, more serious issues. Even when wisdom teeth emerge in alignment, having them removed can play an important role in avoiding future problems. That’s because the location of wisdom teeth far back in the jaw makes them difficult to clean, and that means bacteria and tartar can easily build up, causing tooth decay and gum disease that can affect other teeth as well. Having them removed can help patients avoid these potentially serious consequences.
What happens during wisdom tooth extraction?
Most wisdom tooth extractions use sedation to keep patients comfortable. Once the patient is sedated, special grasping instruments may be used to remove the tooth or, if the tooth is impacted, the gum may be incised (cut) to make it easier to remove the entire tooth. Sutures will be used to close the incision afterward.
Will I have sedation prior to oral surgery?
That depends on the treatment or procedure that’s being performed. Some types of oral surgery can be completed using local anesthetics to numb the area being treated. Other types of surgery may require sedatives to help patients relax and remain comfortable. Patients with dental anxiety may also have sedation to help them relax. The decision of whether or not sedation will be used can be discussed during the initial evaluation appointment prior to surgery.