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Most tooth extractions can be done on an outpatient basis with only dental local anesthesia required to numb the area prior to removal of the tooth. However, removing broken or impacted teeth is a more invasive process, necessitating stronger anesthesia to ensure no pain during removal. East Village Dental also specializes in the removal of wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, most often erupt in the mouth from ages 17 through 21. Having wisdom teeth removed is very common for most people in their young adult years.
Wisdom teeth are often extracted because the average mouth is not large enough to accommodate the additional teeth. Best oral health practices recommend a thorough dental assessment during the late teen years to evaluate the presence of wisdom teeth and whether or not they should be extracted. In some cases, it may be best to wait to have the surgery performed, and these early evaluations are a great help in determining that.
The key considerations that come into finalizing the ideal date for wisdom teeth removal are:
Teeth that are impacted may come in crooked or even sideways, leading to more complicated dental issues down the road.
If the teeth are becoming crowded within the mouth, other teeth may begin to shift and can also press against each other, leading to discomfort, pain, and possibly even infection.
Any signs of pain as a result of wisdom teeth are a strong indication that the third molars should be removed.
Most commonly, the dental professionals at East Village Dental are able to extract wisdom teeth under the use of local anesthesia. For patients that suffer from anxiety surrounding dental surgery, we offer tiered sedation to help ease any discomfort and encourage feelings of calmness and peace.
In more extreme cases such as deeply impacted wisdom teeth, general anesthesia may be necessary. No pain should be experienced during the procedure itself; however, there will be lingering soreness after the surgery for a period of up to three days. Over the counter or prescription pain medication can assist with any discomfort from the extractions.