Do you have impacted wisdom teeth? Are severely overcrowded teeth affecting your bite? Dr. Stefan Speck provides tooth extractions as general dental treatments in his Oxford, PA dental office. Many patients think that tooth extractions are painful procedures. However, Dr. Speck uses local anesthetic for tooth extractions.
Extractions are often needed for patients with severely infected teeth, impacted wisdom teeth, or overcrowded teeth. Dr. Speck will do everything he can before extracting a tooth. Sometimes infected teeth can be saved with root canal treatment. Other times, they need to be removed for the health of other teeth.
Types of Dental Extractions
Tooth extractions can be categorized as simple or complex. Simple dental extractions remove teeth that are visible from the gum line. Complex dental extractions are often used for impacted teeth that have not fully emerged. These extractions take more time and care.
Before Dr. Speck begins extraction treatment, he uses anesthesia on the areas that are being treated. This numbs the teeth and gums so patients do not feel anything during the procedure. Dr. Speck will recommend dental implants to patients if they have one or more infected teeth removed. Dental implants look and act just like natural teeth. They replace missing teeth at the root and support the bone tissue.
Removing Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, also known as “third molars”, usually erupt when patients are in their late teens or early twenties. Although not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed, they can cause problems for adjacent natural teeth. If there is not enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to erupt, they can become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth cause pain and can even dig into the back molars. Visit Dr. Speck’s office if you notice pain behind your molars. It may be time for an extraction.
Receive Comfortable Dental Care Today
Are your wisdom teeth coming in? Request a dental appointment with Dr. Speck online or contact Oxford Family Dentistry by calling 610.753.4506. Let Dr. Speck know if you have any questions at your next consultation. He will be happy to assist you.