Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that is usually performed in young people. Wisdom teeth or the third molars are the last ones to come out. Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the jaw. When all of your other teeth are in place, there may not be enough room for the wisdom teeth to grow in. Instead, they become trapped (impacted) in the gums or bone.
An impacted wisdom tooth can cause pain and discomfort. It can also push nearby teeth out of alignment and lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and bone destruction. Some dentists believe that all wisdom teeth must be extracted, preferably while the teeth and bones are still developing. However, other dentists recommend conservative approach, removing only the tooth that is most likely to cause problems.
If you are unsure whether to have your wisdom tooth pulled, visit your Jacksonville, AR dentist. Dr. Pinney will examine your mouth and take necessary X-rays to determine the best solution. See Dr. Pinney right away if the wisdom tooth is causing pain or discomfort.
Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine procedure, and it is performed under local anesthesia and sedation if necessary. Depending on the position and location of the impacted tooth, your dentist may remove it in one piece or break it up into smaller pieces for easier removal.
The tooth root is encased in a socket that is connected to a ligament. You can expect to feel pressure on the area as Dr. Pinney moves the tooth. The entire procedure is usually completed in one visit. A bit of discomfort is normal after extraction, but it should go away in a few days.
Schedule a consultation at our Little Rock, AR dentist office to learn more about wisdom tooth removal. Call 501-982-4447 or fill out our online form.