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Did you know that the surgical extraction of a tooth is the most common type of surgery performed in the United States? Extracting a tooth might be fairly routine by surgical standards, but you still need to choose a medical professional you trust—like the Knoxville family dentists at Choto Family Dentistry.
What is the difference between a surgical extraction and a regular extraction?
An extraction refers to any procedure in which a tooth is removed. Surgical extractions, however, refer to any procedure where an incision must be made into the supporting tissue structure (bone or gums) in order to remove the tooth. Sutures may or may not be needed.
Third molar extractions
Also referred to as wisdom teeth, third molars develop in the back of the mouth, most often when someone is between the ages of 17 and 25 years old. These teeth may partially erupt from the gum line or become impacted, and crowd your existing permanent teeth. Partially erupted or impacted wisdom teeth exert a tremendous amount of additional force on your teeth and jaw joints, potentially causing a misalignment of your teeth, jaw dysfunction and even temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a dysfunction that often causes chronic pain for sufferers. Not to mention, partially erupted wisdom teeth are difficult to keep clean and can lead to gum infections or tooth decay.
Given the potential risks involved with wisdom teeth as they develop and emerge, Choto Family Dentistry prefers to remove wisdom teeth as soon as it is medically safe to do so. However, wisdom teeth extraction is not always necessary in every case. Your Northshore dentist will evaluate your oral health, and determine whether you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted before they begin to cause problems.
We can perform X-rays to detect wisdom teeth and their path of emergence as part of our standard program of preventive care and regular oral examinations. At Choto Family Dentistry we use digital X-ray technology, which produces images that are clearer and more precise.
When third molars are extracted, it is recommended that all four be removed during a single procedure. After a local anesthetic is administered, the third molars are removed. You may feel some pressure as each tooth is extracted, but you should not feel any discomfort throughout the procedure.
What should I do following a surgical extraction?
Choto Family Dentistry recommends the following regimen of care after any surgical extraction procedure, although we will provide you with a more detailed list after your extraction.
- If bleeding persists, bite onto gauze pads using gentle pressure, changing them out as they become soaked. Call your Choto dentist as soon as possible if bleeding continues for more than 24 hours following a surgical extraction.
- Refrain from physical activity, which can prolong or worsen bleeding.
- If you smoke, do not do so for at least 24 hours after undergoing a surgical extraction. Smoking can loosen the blood clot, hinder the healing process, or even contaminate the incisions in the mouth.
- Maintain a diet of soft foods for the first few days after a procedure, re-introducing solid food slowly over time. Do not drink from a straw for at least a few days after a surgical extraction to prevent dislodging the blood clot and causing a dry socket.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Knoxville
For a surgical extraction consultation, contact an experienced family dentist in Northshore such as Choto Family Dentistry at (865) 409-5077. Ask about our nitrous oxide option to help make your surgical extraction anxiety-free!
Choto Family Dentistry is proud to offer services to patients in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the communities of Choto and Northshore.