If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, your dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other dental treatment. But when there’s too much damage, the tooth may need to be extracted. Extractions are the removal of teeth from the mouth. Indications for tooth extractions can include excessive decay that saving the tooth is no longer possible, gum disease that has destroyed the underlying bone and the tooth is loose and no longer supported in the jaw, severe infection that can’t be treated, failing root canal, fracture of a tooth from trauma, wisdom teeth that are impacted or do not have space to be maintained properly and removal of teeth for orthodontics.
Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars in the jaw. They are the final teeth to erupt and usually come in when a person is in their late teens or early twenties. When wisdom teeth erupt, often enough there is no room left in your mouth to accommodate them. This can lead to swelling and tenderness in the jaw, in addition impacted wisdom teeth can cause decay and root damage to permanent molars. Wisdom teeth that only partially emerge or come in crooked can also lead to painful crowding and disease. Pericornitis is a dental infection that occurs when there is not enough room in the mouth for a wisdom tooth to erupt. The wisdom tooth is partially erupted and the gum tissue covers a part of the top of the tooth. This allows food or plaque to become lodged under the gum tissue flap. Symptoms include a bad smell or taste in the mouth, discharge of pus from the gum near the tooth, swollen lymph lodes under the chin, muscle spasm in the jaw and swelling on the affected side of the face. Impacted wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections and gum disease. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons strongly recommends that wisdom teeth be removed by the time the patient is a young adult in order to prevent future problems and to ensure optimal dental health.
At Sunrise Dental of Kent we use the latest technology to diagnose and treat difficult dental extractions and impacted wisdom teeth. Call for your appointment today!!