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By Marcia Martinez, D.M.D.
September 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Wisdom TeethWhile it should be a last option after considering all other tooth treatments, dental extraction is sometimes a necessary step to restore a patient’s oral health. When a tooth is safely extracted by a dentist, there is a better chance that it can be replaced with a permanent dental implant. Know the common reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted and schedule a dental exam with Dr. Marcia Martinez at her Orlando, FL dentistry soon.

Tooth Extractions
Extraction is a common procedure that allows your dentist to safely remove a loose or infected tooth from its socket. The area is numbed and cleaned so that you will barely feel anything. Because your dentist is handling the procedure, bleeding can be controlled and bone tissue can be preserved. The appointment only takes a few minutes, and you’ll have a chance to discuss tooth replacement options.

When Is an Extraction Necessary?
You should discuss any other possible treatments with your Orlando, FL dentist including root canal therapy and periodontal therapy. Here are a few cases when you may have to have a tooth pulled:

- A tooth has decayed down to the root and is very loose.
- Advanced periodontal disease has caused too much bone loss and periodontal therapy hasn’t been successful.
- A wisdom tooth is painful because it’s impacted or growing in abnormally.

After the Extraction Appointment
After a tooth extraction, your dentist may suggest a procedure called bone grafting. New bone tissue (artificial or taken from another area of the mouth) is added to the open hole to promote the growth of new bone tissue. Sutures are added to protect the bone and gum line as it heals. Be sure to rinse food and sugary liquids away from the exposed socket regularly to prevent gum disease or infection. In an ideal case, your dentist will be able to add a dental implant soon after extracting the tooth.

Schedule an Exam
Visit a dentist to know for sure if a tooth needs to be extracted or if it can be saved with a restorative treatment. Call (407) 273-6620 today to schedule a dental examination with Dr. Marcia Martinez at her office in Orlando, FL.

By Marcia Martinez, D.M.D.
November 19, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth  

Teeth damaged by decay, periodontal (gum) disease or trauma are often removed (extracted) if they’re deemed beyond repair. But there’s another reason we may recommend an extraction: a tooth is causing or has the potential to cause problems for other teeth and your overall oral health.

Some of the most frequent cases of “preventive extraction” involve the third molars, or wisdom teeth, located in the very back of the mouth. They’re usually the last permanent teeth to come in, which is related to some of the problems they can cause. Because they’re trying to come in among teeth that have already erupted they don’t always erupt properly, often at abnormal angles or not fully erupting through the gums, a condition called impaction.

Impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth can put pressure on adjacent teeth and their roots, which can cause root resorption that damages the second molar. They can also increase the risk of periodontal (gum) disease in the gum tissues of the second molars, which if untreated can ultimately cause teeth and bone loss.

Because of current or possible future problems with wisdom teeth, we often consider removing them at some early point in the person’s dental development. Such a consideration shouldn’t be undertaken lightly, since wisdom teeth extraction is often complex and fraught with complications, and it usually requires a surgical procedure.

That’s why we first conduct a comprehensive examination (including x-ray or other imaging to determine exact location and possible complications) before we recommend an extraction. If after careful analysis an extraction appears to be the best course, we must then consider other factors like planned orthodontics to determine the best time for the procedure.

Once performed, a wisdom tooth extraction can resolve existing problems now and reduce the risks of gum disease or malocclusions in the future. When it comes to wisdom teeth, removing them may be in your or your family member’s best interest for optimal dental health.

If you would like more information on wisdom teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Wisdom Teeth.”

By Marcia Martinez, D.M.D.
January 24, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth  

The old saying, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it,” doesn't really apply when discussing your wisdom teeth. It's great if they are not bothering you, but don't wait for problems to develop before you take action. This may seem counter-intuitive, but you should know that the best time to have your wisdom teeth removed is when they are not causing problems.

Why do wisdom teeth cause problems?

Wisdom teeth are so-called because they appear at ages 17 to 25, the age of supposedly attaining wisdom. They are also known as third molars and are farthest back in your jaws. For some people they come through the gum-line only partially, or they may not erupt into the mouth at all. Unerupted they have the potential to cause problems associated with the neighboring teeth and surrounding gums.

You may have heard of “impacted” wisdom teeth. This means that they are impacted or forced against neighboring structures, teeth or bone that prevent them from coming into the mouth in correct biting position. Since they are your last teeth to come in, space for them may be severely limited. They may push into the teeth that are already in place, becoming stuck as they try to erupt. When wisdom teeth are trapped like this below the gum line and are pushing against neighboring teeth, these molars can cause problems such as infections, cysts, or gum disease.

My wisdom teeth seem OK, so why remove them?

The dilemma is that if you wait until you feel pain connected with your wisdom teeth, their neighboring teeth may already be in trouble.

Another reason to remove these back teeth before they cause problems is that it's a good idea to have your surgery while you are young. Younger, healthy patients with no infections at the site have the best chance of having their wisdom teeth extracted without complications, with an easier recovery and uneventful healing.

Of course, each situation is different. Make an appointment with us for an examination and a consultation to discuss the risks and benefits of removing your wisdom teeth. For more information read the article “Removing Wisdom Teeth” in Dear Doctor magazine.