Wisdom Teeth

Oral Surgery

Good oral hygiene is a must.

The loss of a single tooth can have major impact on overall oral health and appearance. Although we will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth needs to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:

  • Severe decay
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Infection or abscess
  • Orthodontic correction
  • Malpositioned teeth
  • Fractured teeth or roots
  • Impacted teeth

We may suggest an extraction after careful examination and treatment. X-rays are used to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone before extracting the tooth. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to an oral surgeon.

A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, but it can be minimized with painkillers and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. Discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks.

If you experience prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately.

ROOT CANAL RETREATMENT

In rare cases, root canal therapy unexpectedly fails. Reasons vary, but can include any of the following:
  • The treated tooth doesn’t heal properly
  • The crown cracks and leaks filling material
  • Infected canals are overlooked or missed during treatment
  • The placement of the restorative crown is delayed
  • There is continued decay or new decay in the tooth
  • Saliva gets into the restorative crown
When a treated tooth doesn’t heal properly or experiences other complications, it can become painful or diseased days, months or even years following treatment. If you have a tooth that hasn’t healed properly or has become subject to new dental problems, we can perform a root canal retreatment procedure that can help heal and save your tooth. Root canal retreatment involves removing the restorative crown and cleaning out the root canals. The root canal area is then repacked and a new restorative crown is placed on top. Root canal retreatment is vary similar to the original root canal procedure and is usually completed in 1-3 visits.

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