At Naples Implant and Sedation dentistry, FL, we provide comfortable tooth extractions, from simple to complex, including wisdom tooth (third molar) removal.
Modern dental medicine allows us to fight infection, provide minimally invasive treatments, and create lasting results. However, there are a few situations in which tooth removal is the best and most practical option to maximize treatment results.
If a tooth has decayed or fractured beyond a state that can be repaired by a filling, crown, or root canal treatment and crown, extraction may be the best option. Without treatment, the tooth’s infection can spread to surrounding tissues and enter the blood stream, which can cause serious health complications.
When a patient decides to have a removable or fixed bridge, full denture or partial denture, there may be teeth in the way of optimal prosthetic treatment.
Adult orthodontic treatment is commonly preceded with removal of wisdom teeth to create space on the upper and lower arch for ideal alignment. There are other circumstances when a patient will benefit from removal of one or more teeth. Our dentists will communicate with your orthodontist to make sure this is necessary and be part of comprehensive treatment planning to give you ideal dental function and appearance.
Occasionally, a tooth does not erupt, and it remains in the jaw or, sometimes, beneath the palate of the mouth. Teeth that cannot erupt should be removed, in most situations. Impaction is common with third molars but can occur with other teeth.
Most humans have four wisdom teeth, located in the very back of the mouth, two on top and two on bottom. Some people have more, some have fewer. These large, unnecessary teeth do not help with digestion (masticating food), and in fact, they commonly become infected or decayed because they’re hard to clean. It is not unusual for wisdom teeth to become impacted, because they end up becoming lodged against other teeth’s roots.
Another problem wisdom teeth create is crowding. These third molars don’t usually erupt until early adulthood, and many people have undergone orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth by that stage of life. Wisdom teeth can cause other teeth to shift out of place, resulting in overlapping and crowding. For these reasons, many people opt to have their third molars removed prior to their full eruption, when they are still beneath the gums.
In almost all circumstances, our patients do not need to be referred to an oral surgeon because of Dr. Wisdom’s expertise. During your extraction, we will keep you comfortable with powerful local anesthetic. Oral moderate sedation is an option that many patients appreciate.
During your consultation, we will fully inform you about what to expect and discuss whether you would like oral sedation or any other form of sedation that we offer. You will receive pre-operative and post-operative instructions appropriate for your circumstances.
At Naples Implant and Sedation dentistry, we prioritize patient safety and comfort. Give us a call today at 239-766-7575 or fill out the form below to get in touch.