Greensboro patients looking for a dentist experienced in removing wisdom teeth
Posted By Dr. Steven Hatcher
As many of our Greensboro area patients enter their teenage years, they notice new molars developing in the very back of their mouths. These new molars are called wisdom teeth. In many cases, they become impacted. Wisdom teeth become impacted when they do not fully erupt in the mouth because of being blocked by other teeth. Because these teeth cannot develop in the mouth, they can become infected, painful, and damage surrounding teeth.
It is necessary to remove impacted teeth to avoid the pain and infection. In many cases Dr. Hatcher will recommend removing wisdom teeth even if they came in properly because they are very difficult to clean and have a high risk of developing cavities and periodontal disease.
The process of removing wisdom teeth for our Greensboro patients begins by Dr. Hatcher giving local anesthetic to numb the area that tooth will be removed. In some cases, a general anesthetic is used if multiple teeth are being removed. Next, he opens the tissue over the tooth and takes out any bone that may be covering the tooth. At this point he separates the connecting tissue and removes the tooth. In some cases, it may be necessary to cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make the removal easier. Dr. Hatcher will then stitch the incision and the removal is complete. Healing time will vary from patient to patient depending on the type of extraction. A follow-up appointment is scheduled to ensure the healing process is going well.
Many of our Greensboro patients are concerned about pain when removing wisdom teeth. Dr. Hatcher ensures patients are comfortable using sedation and anesthetics. If you are in the Greensboro area and would like to talk to one of our staff about removing your wisdom teeth, give us a call at 336-383-1482.