At Bloomfield Hills Dental Associates, we have fully extended our training, skills and equipment so we can provide oral surgery to those patients who need it. That way, our patients do not need to switch to another practitioner for this one phase of treatment. And we know that our patients are receiving the highest quality of care in our own office.
Oral surgery is most commonly used to remove teeth that can’t be extracted by simply easing them out of their sockets. There are a number of reasons why an extraction gets complicated.
- Impacted teeth (when a tooth is blocked from growing in by other teeth)
- Long, curved roots
- Fractured tooth that must be removed in pieces
- A tooth that comes apart as it is being extracted
- A root tip that does not come out with the tooth
- Thin roots that are likely to break
Fortunately, with today’s techniques, tools and advancements, extractions are less traumatic than before. Many people experience less swelling and pain after a surgical extraction than before and our local anesthetics mean that the procedure can be pain-free.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Many people have problems with one or more wisdom teeth being impacted. An impacted tooth is unable to emerge normally from the gum—a process called erupting—because it is blocked by other teeth. In many cases, the wisdom tooth is leaning against the adjacent tooth, causing pain and possible decay and infection. But there are other ways a wisdom tooth can be impacted. It can also be:
- Tipped toward the rear of the mouth
- Lying horizontally in the bone
- Positioned vertically, but stuck in the bone and unable to move
- Fully encased in bone
Each of these situations requires some surgical treatment to open the gum and typically remove some bone that is restricting the movement of the wisdom teeth.
The Effects of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
When a wisdom tooth erupts partway through the gum and then stops, a flap of gum tissue is still covering part of the tooth. This flap will collect food particles that can’t easily be cleaned out. Repeated infections will occur, resulting in soreness and a bad taste in the mouth. Also, having an area of the mouth that is breeding bacteria is never good for the health of all your other teeth and gums.
In addition to causing damage to the adjacent tooth, an impacted tooth can make it difficult to fully open your mouth because of swelling around the tooth. You can even suffer from headaches or swollen glands in the neck or shoulder.
At Bloomfield Hills Dental Associates, we evaluate our teenage patients carefully to determine if wisdom teeth are likely to create problems like these. If they are, a thorough consultation with the patient and his or her parents means that everyone has a chance to look at their choices and make a decision about treatment. We take great care to make a surgical extraction as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Whether you are an existing patient or you are new to Bloomfield Hills Dental Associates, we invite you to call us at 248-290-2900 if you feel you need any help with extractions or other oral surgery.