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By Suburban Family Dental
October 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth   Extractions  

Wisdom TeethExtractions are usually considered a last resort, but if a tooth becomes irreparably damaged by trauma or tooth decay, an extraction is sometimes the best option for your overall oral health. Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise, dentists at Suburban Family Dental, offer a range of general and emergency dental services for children and adults in Des Plaines, IL.

Tooth Extractions in Des Plaines, IL

In addition to cases of trauma or tooth decay, there are a few other situations commonly require tooth extractions:

  • Decayed or impacted wisdom teeth
  • Crowding/to make room for orthodontic treatment
  • Primary (baby) teeth
  • Severe cracks or fractures

How Do You Know if a Tooth Needs to Be Extracted?

If you are experiencing pain or signs of an infection, schedule an appointment to see the dentist as quickly as possible. A dental exam and X-ray are usually performed to determine the extent of damage. A dental exam will be necessary to evaluate your symptoms and determine the best form of treatment, but here are a few additional signs that you may need to have a tooth extracted:

  • Pain and stiffness in the jaw
  • Intense pain when biting or chewing food
  • Red and swollen gums around the tooth
  • Loose tooth
  • Advanced gum disease (periodontitis)

Types of Extractions

There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction is typically the first course of action, assuming that there is enough tooth structure to hold with forceps, in which case the tooth is simply removed without an incision. A surgical extraction is necessary when a tooth is impacted (trapped below the gum and unable to erupt properly), or if the tooth breaks at the crown and an incision is needed to remove the root. In some cases, a tooth may break or fracture during a simple extraction, making a surgical extraction necessary.

Dentist in Des Plaines, IL

For more information about emergency dentistry services and how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, contact Suburban Family Dental by calling (847) 640-0778 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dziubyk or Dr. Grise today.

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A few days before the Oscars, Vanity Fair magazine asked Academy Awards host Neil Patrick Harris to name his most treasured possession. Was it his Tony award statuette for best leading actor in a musical? His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? The stethoscope he wore while playing teenaged doctor Doogie Howser on TV? No, as it turns out, the 41-year-old actor’s most treasured possession is… his wisdom teeth. Yes, you read that correctly. “Oddly, I still have my four wisdom teeth,” Harris said. “I refuse to let them go or I’ll lose my wise parts.”

How odd is it for a 41-year-old to have wisdom teeth? Actually, not that odd at all. While it is true that wisdom teeth are often removed, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to this. It all depends on whether they are causing problems now, or are likely to cause problems in the future.

The trouble wisdom teeth cause is related to the fact that they are the last molars to come in, and that molars are large in size. By the time wisdom teeth appear between the ages of 17 and 21, there often is not enough room for them in the jaw. Sometimes it’s because you may have inherited a jaw size that’s too small for your tooth size; and generally speaking, the size of the human jaw has evolved to become smaller over time.

If room is lacking, the adjacent molar (that came in earlier) can interfere with the path of eruption — causing the wisdom tooth to come in at an odd angle. The wisdom tooth can hit up against that other tooth, possibly causing pain or damaging the adjacent tooth. This is known as “impaction.” Sometimes the wisdom tooth breaks only partway through the gum tissue, leaving a space beneath the gum line that’s almost impossible to clean, causing infection. A serious oral infection can jeopardize the survival of teeth, and even spread to other parts of the body.

If a wisdom tooth is impacted, will you know it? Not necessarily. A tooth can be impacted without causing pain. But we can see the position of your wisdom teeth on a dental x-ray and help you make an informed decision as to whether they should stay or go. If removal is the best course of action, rest assured that this procedure is completely routine and that your comfort and safety is our highest priority. If there is no great risk to keeping them, as Neil Patrick Harris has done, we can simply continue to monitor their condition at your regular dental checkups. It will be particularly important to make sure you are reaching those teeth with your brush and floss, and that you keep to your schedule of regular professional cleanings at the dental office. All healthy teeth are indeed worth treasuring.

If you would like more information about wisdom teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”

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Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”

With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.

Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.

But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.

In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.

So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”