At Bridges Family Dentistry, our dental team is committed to protecting the health of your teeth using preventive measures such as regular cleaning and restorative treatments such as fillings and crowns, but in some cases, tooth extraction is the only way to protect your other teeth from getting damaged. Our expert tooth extraction dentist in Lawton knows exactly how to efficiently extract your teeth and keep your beautiful smile intact! With advanced training in tooth exodontia, we have become one of the premier providers of wisdom teeth removal in Lawton and surrounding communities.
Wisdom teeth refer to our third molars that erupt after the rest of your adult teeth. They usually appear when people reach the age of about 17 to 25 years.
Because they appear late, there is often not enough space for them to grow properly. This leads to several complications such as:
– Damage to the neighboring teeth
– Gum Tissues Infection
– The wisdom teeth stuck in the gum tissues and bone
– Cyst Formation
– Damaged jawbone
– Periodontal disease
– Disruption to the teeth alignment
Not all wisdom teeth require extractions, but when these complications arise, our dentist recommends removing them to ease your discomfort.
As a precaution, the dentist will first take X-rays of the tooth or teeth in question, to help plan the procedure. After preparing a method of extraction, you will be given a local anesthetic that will prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure. Next, the dentist will use a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth and loosen ligaments and gum tissue around the base of the tooth. Finally, the dentist will use a pair of forceps, to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it breaks free of the ligaments holding it in the gum tissue. Occasionally, a stubborn tooth will resist the dentist’s soft tug, refusing to come out. In these and more complex cases, the tooth may need to be broken up into smaller pieces for removal. Once removed, we will pack gauze into the socket and have you place pressure on the area by biting down. If necessary, the dentist will place stitches to close the socket.
If tooth pain is affecting your quality of life, scheduling a consultation with our Lawton dental team can help you determine your most appropriate form of treatment. To learn more about our tooth extraction services in Lawton, contact our practice today and schedule your appointment.