A tooth and its root may need to be removed or extracted due to decay, gum disease, damage, or for orthodontic reasons. Anaesthetic is used to numb the area of extraction so that the patient does not experience any pain (except some pressure) when the tooth is removed.
Adults can have up to 32 teeth. The wisdom teeth are the last to come through, right at the back – 28 teeth is often the most we have room for. So if all the other teeth are present and healthy there may not be enough space for the wisdom teeth to come through properly.
Wisdom teeth may also need to be extracted for the any of the following reasons:
- If there is continual pain or discomfort
- If there is not enough room in the mouth/gums for the wisdom tooth to erupt.
- If the tooth has only partially erupted or decayed.
- Depending on the position and the shape of the roots, wisdom teeth may be difficult to extract. The dentist will assess and advise on the difficulty of the extraction post diagnosis of your X rays.
For further information about Surgical Extraction (Including Wisdom Teeth) call one of our dentists at Preston Dental Surgery – Your family dentist in Preston.