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The 2 Types of Wisdom Tooth Extractions

August 21, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — altitudeofs @ 6:00 pm
wisdom teeth that have been removed by an oral surgeon in Denver being magnified in a dental mirror

Depending on how your wisdom teeth grow in, you may require one of two different extraction methods. To accommodate the position that they grew in at, your oral surgeon may need to conduct a surgical or simple wisdom tooth extraction in Denver. Read on to learn more about why you may need to have your third molars removed and how it can benefit your oral health in the long-run. 

What are the Two Types of Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

Once your oral surgeon in Denver examines your mouth, they can walk you through what type of tooth extraction you require to build a healthier foundation for your remaining natural teeth.

Surgical Extraction

Many people are born with anywhere from one to four wisdom teeth. When there isn’t enough room in your jawbone for them to grow in, they can become trapped below your gumline. This will likely result in a surgical extraction where your oral surgeon will need to access the area below your gumline to reach and remove them.

Simple Extraction

In some cases, wisdom teeth may begin to crown above your gumline. If there isn’t enough room in your mouth, this can cause your other teeth to become misaligned. In these cases, your oral surgeon can gently rock them out of their sockets and remove them, making more room in your mouth.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. Typically, wisdom tooth extractions are only suggested if allowing them to grow in will pose a problem for your oral health. In many cases, when these third molars try to grow in, they can become trapped at strange and painful angles beneath the gums and bone. That’s why nearly 85 percent of patients who have them opt to get them removed. It’s important to trust that your oral surgeon will only suggest having them removed if it’s absolutely necessary.

How Can Removing Problematic Teeth Benefit Your Oral Health?

If your wisdom teeth pose a threat to your oral health, it’s a good idea to have them removed. This can reduce your risk of experiencing some of the following issues:

  • Increased risk of gum disease and bone loss
  • Infection
  • Tooth decay
  • Nerve damage and pain
  • Cysts forming in the wisdom tooth sacs
  • Misalignment

Although having your wisdom teeth removed may sound daunting, the procedure has become virtually pain-free with all of the modern advancements in the dental field. Once they’re removed, you can rest-assured that your oral health will remain on the right track and the pain caused by them growing in will subside.

About the Author

 Dr. Brian Fangman completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, NY. He is an active member of several organizations that allow him to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in his field, including the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He strives to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment for all of his patients when they visit him for wisdom tooth extractions. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit Altitude Oral and Facial Surgery’s website or call 720-328-4990.

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