Extractions / Wisdom Teeth
Tooth extractions are sometimes a necessary course of dental treatment. As a general rule, Dr. Cook only recommends extractions for teeth that cannot be otherwise saved. Additionally, non-functional teeth (such as wisdom teeth) may be recommended for removal.
Dr. Cook wants you to feel comfortable not only with the extraction procedure but also with your decision to have the extraction done. It is vitally important that you understand the pros and cons of the extraction procedure. If the tooth to be extracted is functional you may want to consider an implant or bridge to replace your tooth to restore both function and beauty.
All About Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last permanent teeth to form and move into the mouth. Wisdom teeth will usually emerge at around 16 to 18 years of age and be fully developed by the age of 22 or 23. This was assumed to be the “age of wisdom”, which is where the term “wisdom” teeth originated.
In most cases, the jaw is not large enough to accommodate the wisdom teeth thereby forcing them to remain under the gum and bone. These are known as impacted wisdom teeth. The term “impacted” describes a tooth that is not fully exposed in the mouth because it is covered by soft tissue or bone.
Partially erupted teeth are considered to be impacted. Naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth can work their way down to the impacted wisdom teeth causing infection in the surrounding gums and bone. Repeated soreness around the wisdom teeth is often mistaken as an effort on the part of the wisdom teeth to erupt. This soreness, however, could be a sign of infection. Surrounding bone, tooth roots, and adjacent teeth may be harmed if left untreated.
The constant pressure from impacted wisdom teeth can also damage adjacent teeth. You may not feel anything until significant damage has occurred. This pressure may also push other teeth out of line, possibly creating a need for orthodontic treatment.
If you suffer from pain or discomfort due to diseased teeth then tooth removal may be the best option. Dr, Cook also offers sedation dentistry to help make your extraction a comfortable and stress free experience.