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.
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