Our patients in Nixa and southwest Missouri deserve the absolute best dentistry. Absolute Dental Care works closely with patients to support their smiles’ health, comfort, and beauty. So, we often protect the teeth and prevent the need for extraction surgery (or tooth removal).
The third molars are generally the last teeth to develop. Located at the very back of our mouths, these molars are better known as “wisdom teeth.” These teeth have a unique nickname because they usually develop in patients’ late teens and early 20s. As patients transition into adulthood, so the thinking goes, they are gaining wisdom.
Since these back teeth develop so late, patients often have little room in their jaws to accommodate them. They tend to become impacted, “getting stuck” partially or fully in the jawbone.
During regular check-ups, our dentist, Dr. Todd Anderson, evaluates how these teeth are developing. If problems arise, the proactive removal of wisdom teeth may be recommended to prevent painful symptoms. Removing the affected teeth may also be needed to avoid further complications like damage to the neighboring teeth and surrounding tissues.
Both “simple” and “surgical” extractions at our office are straightforward and nothing to fear. An anesthetic is administered for utmost comfort when removing impacted wisdom teeth or other broken and inaccessible teeth. We can also discuss other ways to keep you relaxed at every step of treatment.
Dr. Anderson uses special instruments to access and remove the tooth. The treatment site is then closed up with stitches. We will go over everything to expect before, during, and after treatment. Notably, we partner with our patients to ensure follow-up visits are kept.
We are also available to answer any questions about what to eat and aftercare for the treatment site following your surgery. This generally involves: