With smiles today, unfortunately, teeth can become diseased, damaged or infected over time, and in some cases, may need to be removed (extracted). If this situation should apply to you, one of our highly experienced Berkshire dentists in NW Washington DC will make the tooth extraction experience as painless as possible. Our latest dental technology allows this dental extraction procedure to be much more comfortable than in the past, and sedation dentistry treatment options help to ensure that your time with us is anxiety-free.
We offer same day emergency service for people in pain, and post-extraction our dentists can help you understand all of the dental treatment options for tooth replacement, including dentures, dental implants as well as bridges and crowns.
Wisdom teeth are the most problematic teeth we have. They are the third and final set of molars, the teeth in the back of the mouth, to come in. Usually, people get their wisdom teeth when they are in their late teens or early twenties. Wisdom teeth often are not positioned properly and ultimately need to be removed.
If your wisdom teeth are properly aligned and healthy, removal may not be necessary, but sometimes removal is recommended before problems start to prevent problems in the future. Some of the things that can be wrong with wisdom teeth include being positioned horizontally, being angled toward or away from the second molars, or not being fully erupted. When wisdom teeth don’t fully erupt, this means that they are trapped in the jawbone and don’t break through the gums at all or don’t break through completely. These are impacted wisdom teeth, and they can cause pain. When the teeth are partially erupted, an opening is created that allows bacteria to get through.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a normal tooth extraction procedure when the wisdom teeth are fully erupted. When they are only partially erupted or completely trapped under the gums, the extraction is a minor surgical procedure. This can be done under a general anesthetic, or a combination of local and general anesthesia.
The decision of whether or not to remove your wisdom teeth is ultimately yours. If you are concerned about your wisdom teeth, you can contact our Washington DC office for an appointment to discuss your situation. Wisdom teeth extraction is generally easier if it’s done earlier before the roots are fully formed. This is why sometimes removal is recommended before the teeth have started to cause problems, but if your wisdom teeth are properly aligned and healthy, you may choose to keep them. Our Washington DC dentist can guide you by examining your teeth and mouth and considering your health history to help you decide.