Tooth extractions are usually the last resort after we have exhausted all other treatment options. In an ideal world, we would be able to help you keep all of your natural teeth for a lifetime, but sometimes, life just gets in the way. Typically, an extraction is used to remove a tooth that is too damaged to be restored or in order to make room for either a denture or orthodontic treatment. For this, we simply numb the area around the tooth, gently rock it back and forth, and the tooth usually slips out on its own.
In the case of the wisdom teeth, however, we usually need to remove them before they actually erupt. This is because most people just don’t have enough room to fit these teeth in their mouth, so when they start to come it, they often cause pain and even shift the other teeth around. For these, a surgical extraction is needed. We’ll put you under a gentler form of general anesthesia, and then we’ll make a small incision in your gums to reach the teeth. They’ll be removed, and then we’ll close the area with dissolvable sutures. You’ll sleep through the entire procedure. After a week or so or recovery, you should be able to go back to your normal diet and schedule.