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Tooth Extractions & Wisdom Teeth

In cases where patients have damaged teeth that cannot be saved with restorative dentistry, or where wisdom teeth put stress on the body, tooth extraction may be encouraged to restore a healthy smile. At Mandeville Center for Dental Excellence, Dr. Charles Schof is an experienced local dentist serving Madisonville, Mandeville, Lewisburg and nearby.

Do you have a question about wisdom teeth or a tooth extraction? Give us a call at (985) 626-4401 to get started smiling again!

Wisdom Teeth in Mandeville

Using dental imaging technology, Dr. Schof is able to determine if you or your child will need wisdom tooth removal. A qualified specialist may be contacted for more complex cases. With proper care and attention at home and by your dentist, your experience with wisdom tooth extraction can be calm, painless, and fast-healing.

The Difficulty Of

Impacted Teeth

In some instances, wisdom teeth may lie horizontally as opposed to vertically in the mouth. As a result, they grow in improperly and can bump up against the roots of your neighboring molars in a painful way.

If your impacted teeth erupt in a sideways manner, it can disrupt your neighboring teeth, and create a space for plaque and bacteria to collect. As you can imagine, a buildup of plaque and bacteria leads to cavities and infection, which can affect more than just your mouth.

What To Expect During A Wisdom Tooth Extraction

It is a relatively painless experience! Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic, and you may feel some slight pressure as the tooth is removed.

For an impacted tooth that is embedded in the gums, an incision will be made in the gums, and a portion of the bone over the tooth will be removed. Often, the tooth will be extracted in pieces as opposed to one piece to mitigate the need to remove any more bone than necessary. For this type of surgery, sedating medications are generally recommended.

After extraction, your dentist will give you instructions for aftercare that are easy to follow. In very little time, you’ll feel like your old self again–minus a little bit of wisdom!

Preventive Care In Mandeville

You have been an expert in taking care of your teeth for years, brushing and (hopefully!) flossing daily. Your dedication to keeping your biannual dental visits for cleanings will allow another expert, your dentist, to monitor your oral health in case a treatment plan needs to be made for your wisdom teeth. If you have any questions about extractions, we are more than happy to answer them! Give us a call today (985) 626-4401.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

Wisdom teeth earned their name due to their emergence between the ages of 17 and 25 in a young adult’s life, a time of that has often been referred to as the “Age of Wisdom.” Your family dentist may recommend removing wisdom teeth to achieve the following:

  • Prevent crowding in the mouth
  • Prevent damage to neighboring teeth
  • Preserve the orthodontic alignment of the smile
  • Reduce risks of inflammation, jaw damage or sinus issues

Not everyone develops a full set of wisdom teeth, and not everyone will need wisdom tooth extraction. But taking a proactive approach with periodic dental X-rays to monitor changes in dental health even below the surface of the gums and teeth can encourage better dental care early-on.

Postponing a tooth extraction can often lead to pain, discomfort, misalignment or infection. Don’t wait to see the dentist! Visit the dentist on your own terms when you schedule a visit with us.

Do I Need A Tooth Extraction?

During an exam, your dentist will evaluate X-rays taken of your teeth to check for signs of tooth decay, wear or infection. A tooth extraction is generally viewed as a last resort, but may be necessary to best preserve a healthy smile.

For many patients, repairing a tooth is possible with a filling, dental crown or bridge. Do you have one of the following symptoms? You may need a tooth extraction:

  • A decayed or damaged tooth that can’t be saved with restorative care
  • A crowded smile, where the jaw is too small to support the teeth
  • A loose tooth due to periodontitis, age or a dental trauma
  • You are experiencing risks of infection or compromised dental health

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