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When a tooth cannot be saved, extraction (removal) of the tooth may be the only course of treatment.
The most common dental extractions concern wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last to come in - and the most frequent cause of problems. Most often, they are trapped in the jawbone or gums - "impacted" - and fail to come in at all. These impacted teeth can cause many problems, they may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
Partial eruption can leave an opening around the tooth in which bacteria can grow and eventually cause infection. The result - swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. If these teeth are not removed, they will continue to grow, damaging adjacent teeth. Tumors and/or cysts can form, infecting and destroying bone and the roots of healthy teeth. Most people don't have room for wisdom teeth, and their general dentist will often recommend removal for better oral health.
For your comfort, we use Nitrous Oxide and Oral Sedation for wisdom teeth extraction. This means you won't be aware of the extraction procedure. Once your teeth have been extracted, we'll give you detailed follow-up instructions to help the healing process and answer any questions you may have about home care after surgery.