Wisdom teeth extractions are a very common procedure. Wisdom teeth often cause problems which may not present until later in life. As a rule of thumb, both the cost and risk of complications increase as an individual gets older, so it's always wise to have them removed before they start causing those problems. Often, we remove wisdom teeth as a precautionary measure because they cause a host of issues, including but not limited to: tooth decay, periodontal disease, and infection.
Here at Friendly Dental Co., we offer calming and stress-free options to remove these teeth. Please check out our sedation services or give us a call at (859) 823-0111. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have!
If your tooth is decayed or broken beyond repair, we might recommend an extraction to prevent bacteria or decay from spreading to other teeth. With local anesthetic, gentle techniques, and sedation options, we strive to provide calm and comfortable extractions with minimal pain or discomfort.
Because wisdom teeth are so far back in your mouth, they can be very hard to clean. When a wisdom tooth only emerges partially, a flap of gum tissue may form over the tooth, making it hard to clean and potentially causing an infection. For this reason and more, we opt to remove many patients’ wisdom teeth.
When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it means the tooth is coming in at an angle and not straight through the gum line. This can cause the tooth to come in unevenly or only emerge partially through the gums. Impacted teeth can potentially cause problems, like infections, that need to be addressed to maintain your oral health.
Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is made from your own blood, and can be used in conjunction with many dental surgical procedures. It accelerates the healing process, decreases pain and swelling after surgery, and encourages bone to fill in the extraction site more abundantly.
To help our patients relax during their extractions, we offer several sedation options.
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is the lightest form of sedation. It is inhaled through a mask, and takes effect almost instantly. The best part is that there are little to no side effects, and it wears off within minutes, so you can drive yourself to and from your appointment.
Oral conscious sedation is more powerful, and is taken in pill form shortly before your visit; you will need to arrange for transportation to and from your appointment.
IV sedation is our third option, which we offer patients whose anxiety level is the highest or whose needs are more medically complex. More than anything we want to keep you safe and comfortable during your treatment.
Extractions are often covered by insurance, but we are happy to check your benefits for you! Before any procedure, we will go over all costs and answer any questions. We will always work hard to help you maximize your benefits.
With proper anesthetic and modern techniques, extractions are not painful. You will feel some pressure during the procedure, but you shouldn’t feel any pain. After your procedure, you might feel a little sore. We’ll give you all the post-op instructions you need to manage any discomfort.
You’ll be able to resume your normal diet and lifestyle within about 2 weeks from your extraction. After a clot forms in the 2-3 days after extraction, the healing process begins. Although you may not feel comfortable chewing near the extraction site for the first two weeks, the bone begins to heal after about a week.