Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

By 18 years of age, the average adult has 32 teeth. In the front of the oral cavity are the incisors, canine and bicuspid teeth. The back of the mouth houses the molars. Each tooth serves a different function such as grasping, biting or grinding food.

The dilemma with accommodating 32 teeth in the human mouth, is that the average adult can fit only 28 pearly whites. For that reason, countless patients experience pain with the final four back teeth attempt to erupt. The third molars, or wisdom teeth, can remain in place if they come in properly aligned. However, this doesn’t happen very often.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Tucson, AZ

Wisdom teeth extraction at Frank Son DDS is the solution to prevent misaligned third molars from erupting and causing problems in the mouth. Sometimes these teeth grow in sideways or partially emerge from the soft tissue. Also, wisdom teeth can remain trapped underneath the gums and bone. Wisdom teeth can be impacted in a variety of positions within the jawbone, as they try to erupt successfully.

When teeth are impacted, it can cause many dental problems. Partial eruption creates space around the teeth that allows oral bacteria to thrive and lead to infection. Symptoms of a tooth infection include swelling, pain, illness, and stiffness. The resulting pressure from the newly erupted teeth can shift the existing teeth out of place. In severe cases, cysts or tumors can develop around the tooth impaction. Extraction in Tucson at the first sign of trouble will help eliminate future concerns and lessen the risks involved with tooth removal surgery.

Tooth Removal Surgery in Tucson

Typically, wisdom teeth extraction at Frank Son DDS is performed under local anesthesia, general anesthesia, nitrous oxide, or conscious sedation. Your Tucson dentist will discuss all of the options with you before the surgery. To control bleeding, gauze will be placed in the treatment area. At post-procedure discharge, you will be given a post-operative instructions kit, a prescription for pain medication, and if necessary, antibiotic gauze. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for a week later to remove your sutures.