A tooth extraction is just another term for pulling a tooth. Dental extraction is the formal term. A patient might need to have a tooth removed for any number of reasons including:
And of course, there is wisdom teeth extraction. Some people have enough room in their mouths for the wisdom teeth to come in and not cause any trouble. Other people, especially those with smaller jaws, may need to schedule wisdom teeth extraction.
Wisdom teeth are also known as your third molars, because if they came in, they would come in behind your existing second molars.
Routine dental x-rays in your late teens will give you a clue as to whether you will need to schedule wisdom teeth extraction, and how soon you need to schedule it. X-rays can reveal impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted means the wisdom teeth are blocked from coming in (erupting) properly because they are blocked by other teeth. If this actually starts to happen, it can be very painful, and It can cause damage to your other teeth.
Wisdom teeth extraction is done under general anesthesia, and requires the use of antibiotics as well as pain medication, as it is considered oral surgery. Dr. Eastburn has experience removing wisdom teeth and can schedule your teen or young adult to have the procedure done during the summer or a school break, so as to make the recovery easier.
Call the Eastburn Dental office at 251-344-2126 to schedule a tooth extraction or wisdom teeth extraction.