Red Canyon Dentistry has been helping people in the Gilbert area with their dental issues for over a decade, and one of the areas we specialize in is oral surgery. If wisdom or impacted teeth are bothering you, we can make things better.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25. In most circumstances, there's not enough space in the mouth for wisdom teeth to function properly, which can cause problems.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, but if you are experiencing pain or swelling, they should be taken out. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to:
- Damage to other teeth
When you come in to Red Canyon Dentistry to have your wisdom teeth looked at, you'll get a thorough examination. A digital panoramic radiograph is used to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth, see if there are any problems, and determine if any future issues are likely.
The procedure to remove your wisdom teeth will be performed under local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia. Afterwards, you will be given instructions and, if necessary, medication for swelling or discomfort.
Impacted Teeth Extractions
If you have an impacted tooth, this means that it is stuck, blocked, or unable to come in completely and function properly. While wisdom teeth are the most common to become impacted, the upper canines can also fall victim. Reasons canines become impacted include overcrowding, unusual growths, or the presence of extra teeth. It's important to treat impacted canines quickly for these reasons:
- Biting - Canines play a vital role when biting. They touch first when the jaw closes and also guide the other teeth into position.
- Gaps - Canines are the last of the front teeth to fall into place and they close any gaps between the upper teeth
- Dental arch - Canines are essential to the proper alignment and function of the other teeth.
At our Gilbert dental office, you will get a complete examination with X-rays to determine the cause of the impaction. Then we will discuss your options. If your mouth is overcrowded, extraction may be the best way to go. Extractions will be performed under a local anesthetic by Dr. Oswald.
If you've been avoiding the dentist for years because of nerves or you are scared of pain, you don't have to worry any longer. Sedation dentistry provides a safe and anxiety-free dental experience.
Mostly sedation is used as a calming effect. In addition, most sedatives can be taken orally, so no injections are necessary.
Here are the most popular types of dental sedatives:
Also know as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a mild sedative delivered through a nose hood during the entire procedure. It relieves anxiety and reduces pain. There are few side effects and it has been used in dentistry safely for a long time.
Oral Conscious Sedation
With oral conscious sedation, oral medication is given before the treatment. These sedatives don't cause sleep, but they dull the senses, and most patients don't remember the pain associated with the procedure. The most common drugs used in oral conscious sedation include Valium, Halcion, Ativan, and Versed.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort with your teeth, get in touch with Red Canyon Dentistry. When it comes to oral surgery in Gilbert, we're the experts.