Oral surgery sounds unpleasant, but rest assured our all star team is here to make sure you remain as comfortable as possible during the entire process! From wisdom teeth to other extractions and even implant procedures, we have the skills and the support to ensure an excellent patient experience.
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the final set of molars to emerge during a person's late teens to early twenties. Sometimes these teeth erupt through the gums and there is enough room for them to grow naturally, and other times, their arrival causes some issues for adjacent structures. An impacted wisdom tooth is one that comes in at an angle, often causing tooth pain and overall discomfort. They can also cause structural damage to the jaw and adjacent teeth, and provide an area for bacteria to reap havoc with tooth decay. The good news is, getting those troublesome wisdom teeth removed is a straightforward procedure, and something that we do every single day!
Our practice does not offer general anesthesia, and therefore we partner with state of the art oral surgeons in the Northern Virginia area for patients who require sedation for their wisdom teeth removal. For others who have more straightforward cases and who are comfortable having the procedure done in the dental chair, simply ask your hygienist during your next routine dental cleaning if having your wisdom teeth removed is something you should be thinking about. They will make sure your concerns are communicated with your dentist so that it can be discussed during your exam!
Extraction Site Preservation
When removing a tooth, with the exception of wisdom teeth, it is important for a patient to consider what will be done with the empty space after that tooth is removed. If nothing is done with the newly vacant space, the jaw bone in the area will eventually degenerate and affect adjacent teeth. The missing tooth can also cause occlusion issues, and for the tooth above or below the extraction site to drift down or up respectively. Be sure to consult your dentist with options to prevent any of these side effects. Common treatment options for a missing tooth are bridges, implants and even dentures.