Impacted Wisdom Teeth — Occasionally, there will not be enough space inside of the jaw for the final set of molars — otherwise known as wisdom teeth — to erupt properly. When they become impacted against other teeth, it can lead to infections, tooth damage, or changes in the bite alignment.
Removal of wisdom teeth can prevent crowding and may also be more prone to causing inflammation or infection if they do not fully emerge.
Although there are exceptions, most tooth extractions are uneventful procedures that last only a few minutes. Usually, we will have already taken x-rays of the teeth prior to the procedure. The tooth, gum, and bone will then be anesthetized using a local numbing agent for a patient who will be awake for the extraction. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, may also be administered to help with anxiety during the procedure. Once the extraction begins, patients should feel only pressure – not pain. In most cases, Dr. Schmidt can remove the tooth using only applied pressure to the socket and dental forceps, rather than surgical intervention.
In some cases, Dr. Schmidt may recommend full sedation – especially if there will be more than one tooth extracted during the procedure. In this case, the patient is instead given anesthesia intravenously to prevent pain throughout the entire body. Patients who undergo a sedated tooth extraction will have no memory of the procedure. In any case, your comfort is our top priority.