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Prevent Future Problems with Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom teeth often become a source of discomfort and concern. Even if you are not yet suffering from wisdom tooth pain, many doctors recommend removing wisdom teeth before they cause more widespread issues. Dr. Jim Craig performs wisdom tooth removal and socket preservation at their Aurora, CO, office. Our doctor is well-respected for his approach to wisdom tooth surgery, and he strives to ensure each patient achieves a swift recovery. 

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

The wisdom teeth are the molars farthest back in the jaw and typically erupt from the gums between the ages 17 and 25. Though these teeth can emerge properly, they more often than not cause complications. In many cases, the best solution is to simply remove them. Some of the most common reasons for wisdom tooth extraction include: 

Often, patients do not have enough room in their jaw to support an extra set of molars. Overcrowding can not only affect the appearance of your smile but the alignment of your bite. In addition, overcrowded teeth are more difficult to clean and can harbor bacteria.
Impacted teeth
An impacted tooth cannot erupt through the gum line, because it is blocked by other teeth. This can not only result in pain but also an infection if bacteria becomes trapped beneath the gums.
Eruption at the wrong angle
If a wisdom tooth does not come straight up out of the gums, it can push neighboring teeth out of alignment and damage their structural integrity.
If a wisdom tooth or the surrounding gum tissue is infected, it can cause long-term damage to nearby teeth or even bone tissue. Infection can easily spread from one area of your smile to another and require extensive restorative treatment.

Your doctor can thoroughly examine your smile to determine whether you would benefit from wisdom tooth removal.

impacted wisdom tooth

An impacted wisdom tooth can damage adjacent healthy teeth.

Early Treatment

While some patients choose to wait to address wisdom teeth until later in life, it is often much safer to extract them early on. As you age, the dental roots supporting your teeth grow longer. Extraction carries a greater risk of nerve damage when the roots are at their fullest, which typically happens after the age of 24. In addition, adult patients can experience a longer post-surgical recovery.

Gabe D.

One of the best dentists I have been too, the staff is always pleasant upon arrival and they are very efficient in their processes!!

What to Expect

The extraction process will ultimately depend on the number of teeth being removed and the position of each tooth. Teeth that are not impacted can be easily extracted. This process involves slowly rocking the tooth back and forth and carefully removing it from the socket.

We offer sedation to put help you relax. Nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous (IV) medication are all suitable options.

An impacted tooth requires a more complex procedure. The doctor must make an incision in your gums and remove any soft or hard tissue that rests above the tooth. They can then remove the tooth as a whole or in smaller pieces to avoid impacting the surrounding area. Dr. Craig also perform socket preservation after extracting teeth, which involves packing the socket with grafting material. This helps to protect your jaw from degeneration, which occurs naturally after tooth removal.

For your comfort, we will administer a local anesthetic to numb your gums prior to your procedure. We also offer sedation to help you relax. The doctor can help you choose which form of sedation is right for you. Nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous (IV) medication are all suitable options.

Protect Your Smile

Removing wisdom teeth can protect the health and longevity of your smile. If you or your child is suffering from wisdom tooth pain, reach out to our office online or at (303) 693-1215 to schedule an appointment with our team at Summerbrook Dental Group.

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Dr. Craig is a one-of-a-kind dentist. I hate dental work more than anyone I know, and in his caring hands, I am finally on the road to good dental health...I have never been in any kind of pain. He simply won't allow it. 

-Actual Patient
Aurora, CO