A Common Occurrence
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, which usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 21, are the most prone to becoming impacted, meaning becoming stuck and unable to erupt. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can cause crowding in the rest of the mouth, as well as painful infections in cases where the teeth are partially erupted. Unlike an impacted canine, for example, it is usually best to extract impacted wisdom teeth, rather than attempting to expose them.
To extract an impacted wisdom tooth, the patient will first be offered sedation or nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to ensure they feel comfortable throughout the procedure. Dr. Choi will make an incision at the site of the impacted tooth, and remove any bone that is blocking its roots, exposing the whole tooth. Some teeth may require being divided into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove. Once the tooth is completely extracted, Dr. Choi will clean and sterilize the area, and suture the opening if necessary. He’ll then place gauze over the extraction site in order to control bleeding and promote the formation of a blood clot. We’ll provide you with information about what to expect from the healing process, and how to minimize the risk of infection or “dry socket.”