Tooth extractions may be required for various reasons. We routinely extract non-restorable teeth and teeth to create room for orthodontic treatment. We refer impacted wisdom teeth to an oral surgeon.
In our late teens to early twenties, our third molars, commonly referred to as our wisdom teeth, begin to come in. In a great number of cases, the jaw is simply not large enough to accommodate these extra teeth and they become impacted, meaning they remain under the gum.
Unfortunately, impacted wisdom teeth can cause further dental complications including infection, crowding, damage to other teeth, cysts which can permanently damage the jaw, and other problems. In instances where the wisdom teeth do come through the gums, it may be at an awkward angle and hard to clean, also necessitating a tooth extraction. It is difficult to predict whether your impacted teeth will cause such damage.
Regular X-rays help your doctor track your wisdom teeth and make decisions about removal. The extraction of wisdom teeth that are impacted are referred to an excellent oral surgeon.
What Makes Gatling Dentistry Different
- Established Office
Our practice opened in 1976 by Dr.Robert Gatling, and are honored to provide dental care for your entire family’s smiles!
- Continuing Education
Our staff are constantly involved in continuing education course to further their dental knowledge. We feel these hours directly translate into improved patient care.
- Patients Involved In Care
We feel when patients are part of the team, the team is complete. When patients know what we are doing and why we are doing it, they make better decisions for themselves and their expectations are met.
We take a proactive preventive approach to our patients care. From our initial exam to our hygiene room, we look for the early warning signs of breakdown, such as worn teeth, in effort to prevent more extensive and expensive treatment down the road.