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While modern dentistry combined with preventive dental care enables you to preserve your natural teeth, sometimes an extraction is the best course of action to safeguard your oral health. For instance, if you have wisdom teeth, in most cases, Dr. Khaja Mohsinuddin at Total Health Dental will recommend extraction to save you oral problems today and down the road.
What are wisdom teeth, and why should they be removed?
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to grow at the back of your mouth, especially between ages 17 and 25. All your other teeth have already developed by this age, so there is no room for an extra tooth to grow properly. Due to lack of space, the wisdom tooth grows at an angle, gets trapped below the gum line, or erupts partially. When your tooth grows like this, it’s called an impacted wisdom tooth and is likely to cause oral problems.
While wisdom teeth grow at an age when you are considered wiser, they don’t make you wise. In any case, wisdom teeth may lead to several health complications, warranting removal. Not always does a wisdom tooth need to be extracted. If it’s healthy, fully grown, and doesn’t affect your oral hygiene, you can live normally with your wisdom tooth.
However, wisdom tooth removal is necessary if:
- It impedes your oral health
- It causes tooth overcrowding
- It’s impacted, putting at risk of infection or cyst that can affect surrounding bone and teeth
- Wisdom tooth causes pain
- It’s severely decayed or damaged
Wisdom tooth removal procedure
A simple extraction will be done under local anesthesia if your tooth has broken through the gum. However, we recommend a surgical extraction if your wisdom tooth is impacted (it hasn’t erupted above the gum line).
Here, Dr. Mohsinuddin makes a small cut on your gum to access the trapped tooth. Don’t worry about pain because we numb your mouth before the surgery. Next, the dentist breaks the tooth into pieces for easier removal.
After removal, we stitch the surgical site and put on a gauze pad to minimize bleeding. Finally, Dr. Mohsinuddin gives you aftercare tips to ensure a smooth recovery.
Wisdom tooth removal services in Aurora, Illinois
Are you tired of living with the pain of an impacted wisdom tooth? There is hope. All you need to do is dial (630) 822-9600 to book an appointment with Total Health Dental for removal. For your convenience, we serve residents of Naperville, Oswego, Plainfield, Montgomery and Aurora, Illinois, and surrounding communities.