Tooth extraction is a dental procedure that causes a lot of anxiety in many patients, despite often being necessary to relieve pain and discomfort — especially for wisdom teeth. However, here at Earl E. Gaball, DDS, we understand, which is why Dr. Earl Gaball and his team strive to put patients at ease with gentle, wisdom tooth removal care that’s both stress and hassle-free.
There are situations when extractions are the best course of action, regardless of how often you practice good oral hygiene and visit our office. Wisdom teeth, for instance, can be very problematic. These teeth are the last to surface in your mouth. And by the time they develop, there might be insufficient room in your jawbone for them. This situation can cause these third molars to become trapped or impacted underneath your gum tissue.
We prefer to take a proactive approach to treat wisdom teeth. We’ll monitor how they develop whenever you come for a routine check-up. This way, Dr. Gaball, and his team can recommend the best time to remove the problem tooth or teeth before it can cause pain and threaten the stability and health of your surrounding teeth.
There are two common ways of extracting a tooth — simple extraction and surgical extraction. Fortunately, both methods are pretty straightforward. If the tooth is still intact above your gum line, we simply use a light touch with specialized tools that loosens and gently lifts the tooth from its socket. And beforehand, the tooth is thoroughly numbed to ensure little to no discomfort. It’s unlikely you’ll feel anything!
A surgical extraction is often necessary when a tooth is trapped under the gums or broken. This is the case with regards to impacted wisdom teeth.
Using well-placed incisions, we gain access to the tooth via the gums. The tooth is usually removed in parts, depending on the patient’s situation.
Once completed, the healing process should be fairly uneventful, so long as you follow our detailed after-care instructions. If you’re worried about the procedure, we will be happy to walk you through everything and even discuss the best sedative options to help you stay relaxed.
There’s no need to continue suffering from wisdom tooth pain. Find relief by calling our office at (269) 883-1674 and scheduling your consultation with Dr. Gaball and his team. Our office is at 250 North Avenue, Battle Creek, MI, and is open to patients in Battle Creek and Galesburg areas.