Wisdom Teeth Removal & Tooth Extractions
Dr. Ahmed has the experience and credentials you’re looking for when seeking surgical teeth removal.
Dr. Ahmed understands that you value quality dentistry for each of your loved ones. He’ll treat your family as an extension of his own, and he always makes sure that his office is a warm, welcoming place to visit.
Dr. Ahmed is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the American Dental Association.
“I am a generally nervous person when it comes to dentists; I’ve had bad experiences that truly changed my perceptions of dentistry. Add on pain and discomfort… oof. I don’t look forward to any type of visit; let alone one where I know bad news is afoot. Let me just say, River Park I was probably the best experience I have ever had.”
Dr. Ahmed specializes in removing impacted wisdom teeth.
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Wisdom Teeth Removal
Video 04:37 | Having Third Molar Surgery by The American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Almost all patients have wisdom teeth, but they may not always be visible to the eye. Also known as the third molars, wisdom teeth are located at the end of the dental arch. Patients typically have four wisdom teeth that are expected to emerge during the late teens or early adult years. In some instances, there isn’t enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to come out. As a result, they become impacted (trapped) under the gum tissue.
Do all wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Wisdom teeth don’t need to be removed if they erupt in the correct position and are healthy. However, it is not the norm for this to be the case. The majority of patients have issues with their wisdom teeth and require removal. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause many dental issues such as misalignment and gum disease, so it’s important to undergo surgery to protect your oral health.
What is the extraction procedure for wisdom teeth?
The extraction process for wisdom teeth depends on whether the molars are impacted or not. If the wisdom teeth fully erupt, a standard extraction is sufficient. However, impacted molars require a more complex surgical procedure. To begin, our dentist creates a small incision in the gum tissue. The tooth may be cut into smaller pieces for easy removal. Once the procedure is finished, the dentist closes the area with sutures and prescribes pain medication.
What happens when patients don’t have their wisdom teeth removed?
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a host of uncomfortable symptoms. If they aren’t removed in time, they can remain trapped inside the jawbone and cause surrounding teeth to shift out of place. This can also jeopardize your bite and strain your temporomandibular joints. If the molars are partially erupted or at the wrong angle, it can be challenging to clean the area and increase the risk of tooth decay and infection.
Simple Tooth Extractions
Video 01:00 | If your tooth is badly decayed and can’t be saved, your dentist may recommend a common surgical procedure called a tooth extraction.
At River Park Dental, we strive to make dental extractions as gentle as possible. Our goal is to preserve as much of your bone tissue and surrounding gum as possible in order to decrease swelling and any post-operative discomfort. By doing this, we can keep bone loss to a minimum if the patient plans to get a dental implant in the future.
We take extra care when extracting teeth that have multiple roots, such as the molars and premolars. The roots are often curved and can tear compared to a single root. As a result, Dr. Ahmed separates the tooth into smaller sections. This allows him to carefully and conservatively remove the tooth without disturbing surrounding tissues.
Preserve Bone During Extraction
The jawbone receives constant stimulation from biting and chewing. This creates pressure that helps the bone maintain its strength, density, and volume. A missing tooth causes an immediate stop to the stimulation, causing bone resorption. In some cases, this can even cause a sunken spot on your dental ridge.
It is our top priority to preserve as much bone tissue as possible during extractions. Bone loss makes it difficult, and sometimes impossible for successful dental implant treatment. Patients must have a sufficient amount of jawbone to enjoy all the long-term benefits of implants. Bone loss can also be an issue for patients who choose to replace their missing tooth with a dental bridge. Over time bone loss can cause a gap to appear under the dental bridge, allowing food and bacteria to get stuck. This increases the likelihood of infection and puts your oral health at risk.
Preventing and Treating Dry Socket
Video 01:00 | Even with regular brushing and flossing you may need to have a tooth pulled and occasionally when a tooth is removed, dry socket may occur. Dry Socket results from the loss of the blood clot from the extraction site.