Extractions and Oral Surgery
Sun Dental is fully equipped to handle tooth extractions, including wisdom teeth, and to do biopsies.
Our patients appreciate Dr. Heidi's personal precision and care when it comes to surgery, and they are very relieved that they don't need to drive far to obtain relief.
When would I need a tooth extraction?
Teeth may need to be extracted for a number of reasons. Some are extracted as they cannot be repaired due to:
- severe decay
- the tooth is broken in a fashion which cannot be repaired
- advanced periodontal (gum) disease
- the tooth is poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted wisdom teeth)
- orthodontic treatment (braces) is needed.
Extractions may be required so that other teeth have more room to reposition.
By far, the most common reason for tooth extraction is that the patient is in pain and wants to relieve the pain as quickly, permanently and as inexpensively as possible.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Dr. Heidi can evaluate the placement of your wisdom teeth with an X-ray and determine if they might need extraction. Hopefully, your wisdom teeth aren't causing you any pain, but if they are, wisdom teeth removal may be inevitable.
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are commonly extracted during the late teens or early 20s. These teeth often get stuck in the jaw or come in crooked, crowding the other teeth. They may be decayed or irritating the gum, causing pain and swelling.
An upper impacted wisdom tooth is very close to the maxillary sinus. Infection can sometimes be transferred to the sinus causing sinus headaches and congestion.
When a tooth is missing, its neighboring teeth will tend to shift, which can have a major impact on your dental health. Even the removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and predispose the teeth that have shifted to problems. This tooth shifting will cause your bite to collapse and the unopposed teeth to start erupting again giving a roller coaster shape to your bite.
Before and after tooth replacement
The extracted teeth can be replaced by Dental Implants, Bridges or removable partial Dentures. Replacing extracted teeth promptly avoids the collapse of your bite and preserves your natural bite while keeping the cost and time to a minimum. Implants and bridges are fixed restorations that replace the extracted teeth and are the most durable, most esthetic restorations. Removable partial dentures can also be created. Dr. Heidi can explain the best options in each case.
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