Wisdom Teeth Removal in Murphy, TX
Why are teeth removed?
While many teens and some adults get their wisdom teeth removed, there are other reasons why tooth extraction may be necessary in adulthood.
Excessive tooth decay, tooth infection, and crowding can all require a tooth extraction. Those who get braces may need one or two teeth removed to provide room for their other teeth as they shift into place. Additionally, those who are undergoing chemotherapy or are about to have an organ transplant may need compromised teeth removed in order to keep their mouth healthy.
While orthodontics can be considered mostly cosmetic procedures, it is important to fix these problems for a healthy mouth. Teeth that are crooked or do not line up are the perfect place for food and bacteria to hide. They can also be hard to clean, leading to cavities and other problems down the line. The goal in treating problem teeth are to ensure a healthy mouth in the future. It is important to close any gaps between teeth and to make sure that the teeth all line up correctly. Sometimes teeth are crooked and need to be straightened up in the mouth. Orthodontics can also improve eating and even a client’s speech in some cases.
Tooth extraction is a relatively quick outpatient procedure with either local, general, intravenous anesthesia, or a combination. Removing visible teeth is a simple extraction. Teeth that are broken, below the surface, or impacted require a more involved procedure.
How to prepare for a tooth extractionBefore scheduling the procedure, our dentist will take an X-ray of your tooth. Be sure to tell us dentist about any medications you take, as well as vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter drugs.
Also, we will ask you about any of the following conditions:
- a congenital heart defect
- liver disease
- thyroid disease
- renal disease
- an artificial joint
- damaged heart valves
- adrenal disease
- an impaired immune system
- a history of bacterial endocarditis
It’s our duty to make sure all conditions are stable or treated before you undergo the tooth extraction. You might be prescribed antibiotics in the days leading up to the procedure if:
- your surgery is expected to be long
- you have an infection or a weakened immune system
- you have a specific medical condition
It’s helpful to keep the following in mind for the day of the tooth extraction in order to ensure quality treatment:
- If you will be receiving intravenous (IV) anesthesia, wear a short-sleeved shirt or loose-fitted clothing, and don’t eat or drink for six to eight hours before your appointment.
- Don’t smoke beforehand.
- Tell your dentist if you have a cold, as you may need to reschedule.
- Tell your dentist if you had nausea or vomiting the night before, which may require different anesthesia or rescheduling.
- If you’re receiving general anesthesia, have someone with you to drive you home.
What is the procedure for a tooth extraction?Your tooth extraction will either be simple or surgical, depending on whether your tooth is visible or impacted.
Simple extractionYou will receive a local anesthetic, which numbs the area around your tooth so you’ll feel only pressure, not pain during the procedure. The dentist then uses an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to remove it.
Surgical extractionYou will likely receive both local anesthesia and intravenous anesthesia, the latter of which makes you calm and relaxed. You may also receive general anesthesia, depending on any medical conditions. With general anesthesia, you will remain unconscious during the procedure.
Contact Dr. Jain today to learn more about Wisdom Teeth Removal in Murphy, TX.