Extraction in Greenville, SC
Nothing is worse than a toothache. Whether it’s an infected tooth or wisdom teeth, it hurts badly and there’s very little you can do. When the pain gets this bad, it’s time to visit your dentist. Dr. H. Carl Burton Jr, DMD, DMD, PA in Greenville, South Carolina can help. You may need to have the tooth pulled through tooth extraction.
Why Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?
If you have a broken or infected tooth, you must extract it. Before a dentist extracts an affected tooth, they will try to repair it. They may try to put a crown in. They may perform a root canal. But sometimes, the tooth just has to come out.
Wisdom teeth can be very painful. Whether they are in or are just coming in, they can pose a problem. They may be embedded in your jawbone. These are called impacted teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth should be extracted by an oral surgeon.
How Many Types of Tooth Extraction Are There?
There are two kinds of extractions. The first is a simple removal. This is done when a tooth is visible in the mouth. The tooth may be hurting or infected. Perhaps you don’t have room in your mouth for all of your teeth. Or maybe you have a baby tooth that never fell out.
In a simple removal, the dentist will first loosen the tooth with a tool called an elevator. He then uses forceps to remove the tooth.
The other kind is a surgical extraction. This is for when the tooth is not visible or is under the gum. Usually, surgical extractions are done on wisdom teeth. The surgeon will cut a small incision in your gum. He will then extract the affected tooth.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Often Extracted?
Wisdom teeth are also your “third molars”. They come in during your late teens or early twenties. A lot of times, they decay and cause a lot of pain and swelling. This affects the teeth around them as well. Wisdom teeth are in the jawbone and stuck if not taken care of.
Impacted wisdom teeth cause a lot of problems. First, they are extremely painful. They swell and cause pressure along the entire jawline. They irritate the gums and this causes other areas of the mouth to hurt.
How Do I Know If I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
Your dentist will examine your wisdom teeth and let you know if they need to come out. An oral surgeon will perform the procedure. If your dentist is an oral surgeon, he will perform the procedure himself. If not, he will refer you to an oral surgeon.
Often, your dentist will recommend that you have all 4 wisdom teeth out at the same time. This way, you can get rid of the problem once rather than have multiple surgeries.
What Can I Expect?
Getting your wisdom teeth extracted is never fun. However, it is not nearly as painful as impacted wisdom teeth can be. Your surgeon will usually use a local anesthetic. If you are having all 4 teeth done, he may use general anesthesia.
After the surgery, you will be given instructions. You can’t use a straw or smoke for at least 3 days, or brush your teeth near the extraction. You will use an oral rinse instead.
What Happens if You Don’t Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?
If you ignore your pain or don’t get your wisdom teeth removed, you can have problems. You can end up with tooth decay. You can also find yourself with gum disease. If the wisdom teeth get infections, they cause trouble for your whole mouth. You may damage the adjacent teeth.
If you don’t have room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth, it affects other teeth. If the swelling is bad enough, you can end up with cysts or tumors. This is the worst- case scenario. These cysts can grow to the point where they can burst.
Contact a Greenville, SC Dentist About Your Extraction
If you are suffering from tooth pain, come see us at Dr. H. Carl Burton Jr, DMD, DMD PA. If you have a child with their wisdom teeth coming in, it may be time to visit the dentist. At Dr. H. Carl Burton Jr, DMD’s practice, you will meet a compassionate, experienced oral surgeon.