Extractions and Wisdom Teeth Removal in San Antonio, TX

Our specialists have been offering top-quality extraction services for over thirty years. Your dentist may decide that you need a tooth extraction for several reasons. Some teeth are removed because of advanced periodontal disease (gum disease) or because they are severely decayed, while others may have broken in a way that cannot be restored. Some teeth may require extraction because of poor positioning in the mouth, such as impacted teeth, or in preparation for orthodontic therapy.

About the Extraction Process

During the extraction process, our experienced doctors will use local anesthesia to numb the tooth, jawbone, and gums. Patients may feel slight pressure, as the tooth is firmly rocked to widen the socket for removal. The doctor may also need to section the tooth to remove it more easily. Patients who experience anxiety or discomfort during the extraction process can opt for sedation, which can help provide relaxation and relief.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to develop and are located at the back of the mouth behind the second molars. They commonly become impacted during development and may need to be extracted. The extraction of wisdom teeth can be a more complex procedure than other teeth due to their positioning and potential for impaction, but our experienced doctors have decades of experience in performing such extractions

About Impacted Teeth

Do you have wisdom teeth that haven’t fully erupted due to inadequate space in your jaw? If so, they are considered “impacted,” and they will need to be removed by professionals. Our specialists offer consultations and specialized x-rays to determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed. It’s important to have impacted wisdom teeth removed before their root structure is fully developed, as waiting can lead to a variety of issues.

Why Do Impacted Teeth Need to Be Removed?

If you don’t have your impacted teeth removed, you could experience a multitude of issues. One common problem is infection, or pericoronitis. When there isn’t enough room for your wisdom teeth to fully erupt, the gum tissue around them can become irritated and infected, causing pain, swelling, and difficulties with chewing or swallowing. Additionally, impacted wisdom teeth can create cysts inside your jawbone, which slowly expand and can destroy adjacent bone and teeth. In rare cases, these cysts can lead to tumors.

Another issue that can arise from impacted wisdom teeth is crowding of your other teeth, which is especially noticeable with the lower front teeth. If there isn’t enough space to clean around a wisdom tooth, it can also damage the second molar directly in front of it, leading to gum disease, bone loss, and decay.

Because of this, it’s important to have your impacted wisdom teeth removed as soon as possible. The best time for removal is before the age of 30, but it’s important to get a consultation and x-rays to determine your specific situation. Our specialists we have the expertise and technology to provide the best possible care for our patients.