Extractions and Wisdom Teeth at Le Mars Dental Center
While extracting a tooth may cause some anxiety, Le Mars Dental Center strives to make the procedure comfortable and stress-free. An extraction involves removing a tooth from its place in the jawbone.
An extraction may be recommended for:
- Trauma or injury
After an extraction, most people will only experience minor discomfort, which is frequently relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Call (712) 546-5183 or click to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing pain or would like to learn more.
For some patients, wisdom teeth emerge without issues. Frequently, however, there isn’t enough room for these teeth to come into the correct position or emerge in a way that allows for proper brushing and dental hygiene.
The most common reasons for removing wisdom teeth are:
- Impacted – The patient’s jaw isn’t large enough for the tooth to naturally erupt.
- Partly showing – The tooth only partially erupts the gums, which can open a route for infection.
- Angled – The teeth come in at an improper angle, which can be painful or damaging to other teeth.
Many wisdom tooth extractions can be performed in the office; however, severely impacted teeth may be referred to an oral or maxillofacial surgeon.
Post Extraction Care
Special care must be taken after both a simple or wisdom tooth extraction. Aftercare instructions will be provided at your appointment. Some things to avoid include:
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Using a straw
- Hard or crunchy foods
- Vigorous swishing
- Vigorous exercise
Call (712) 546-5183 or click to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing pain or would like to learn more about wisdom tooth removal at Le Mars Dental Center.