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Can a dentist remove wisdom teeth? Should you consult an oral surgeon or a dentist for extraction of wisdom teeth? We take a look at the importance of removing wisdom teeth on time and the best person to help you get rid of them.
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars which develop as one becomes ‘wiser’ or grows into their late teens and early twenties hence the name wisdom teeth. These molars are normally very crucial when it comes to proper mastication of food but unfortunately, most of them don’t grow properly.
Most people’s wisdom teeth are misaligned or are crowded and affect a number of physiological procedures in the mouth. When misaligned, these wisdom teeth can easily damage the neighboring teeth, nerves and even the jawbone. If they are not removed on time, they can even result in more serious problems such as TMJ complications.
When wisdom teeth are deemed a threat to the health and wellbeing of a patient, they need to be removed as soon as possible. This removal of wisdom has resulted in an online eruption of controversy as most people seek to find out whether dentists are capable of removing the wisdom teeth or not. Here at Vita Dental Spring, we have received a fair share of the questions raised online concerning the extraction of wisdom teeth and we thought it wise to address the matter in this blog post.
To help us address the matter, we talked to one of own dentists on removal of wisdom, why the procedure is regarded as one of the most complicated procedures and whether or not dentists can properly remove the wisdom teeth. Here is what he had to say on the removal of wisdom teeth;
Removal of wisdom teeth
Because of their position at the back of the mouth, removing wisdom teeth is very difficult and it more often than not, requires surgery to properly get rid of the teeth. As such, there is the question of whether dentists are qualified to remove the wisdom teeth. A lot of people feel that such complex oral surgeries should be reserved to oral surgeons- which is partially true.
Removing wisdom teeth, especially when they are crowded, is a struggle. The procedure involves collection information about the nature of the roots of the wisdom teeth, the strength of the roots, the position of the tooth relative to the neighboring teeth before starting to think about the actual extraction.
The dentist needs to ascertain the nature of the wisdom teeth before deciding on whether he/she can operate on the tooth or not. If the procedure seems too complex for the dentist, then he/she will refer the patient to a specialist and in most cases this would be an oral surgeon.
Dentists’ ability to remove wisdom teeth
All dentists are normally trained to carry out small dental procedures in the mouth. This therefore means that they can successfully remove any problematic wisdom teeth which are not intertwined or misaligned.
If the teeth to be removed are in between other teeth and the dentists deems them too complex, then he/she will gracefully refer you to the nearest oral surgeon. Although the dentists are trained to carry out surgical procedures in the mouth, their knowledge on the same is limited and some situations are well beyond their expertise.
Oral surgeons on the other hand, have specialized in surgical procedures in the mouth and can competently handle any form of tooth extraction. They are also trained to handle any emergency that might arise from the surgery. This makes them the best bet when it comes to getting rid of any problematic teeth.
Another fact to consider is sedation. Oral surgeons are trained to offer sedation before any surgical procedure while most dentists will only use local anesthetic to numb the area of interest before conducting the surgery. If you prefer full body sedation before surgical procedures, then an oral surgeon would be the best bet while dentists are ideal for those people who prefer to have their teeth removed without going into a deep sleep.
Importance of removing wisdom teeth early
Irrespective of the professional that you opt to delegate the duties of removing your wisdom teeth to, you should strive to get rid of any problematic wisdom teeth as soon as possible. Left unremoved, such teeth can be the cause of severe complications which will affect you and your oral system in future.
If you are struggling with problematic wisdom teeth in Texas, look no further than Vita Dental Spring for the best tooth extractions and other dental solutions. With our high quality diagnosis and analysis of the affected areas, we are able to quickly tell if we can handle the surgery or not. In the event that we are not able to handle the extraction, we will refer you to the best oral surgeon known to us. For more information on the same, give us a call today and we will gladly be of service.
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