When a tooth needs to be removed, Dr Lin has the ability to extract or “pull teeth”. He is well versed in both routine (“simple”) and surgical extractions. All extractions can be completed easily, and with sedation, can be a comfortable and quick procedure. There is usually no need to visit a specialist or seek treatment at the hospital; all your needs can be met under one roof.
Wisdom teeth or third molars are considered extra teeth that most people just don’t have room for. Even if they do erupt or grown into our mouths, it’s very rare that they can be cleaned efficiently and not cause issues for their neighboring teeth. Dr Lin is able to remove these teeth, and with the use of IV sedation he can make the procedure comfortable, quick, and predictable. The days of fearing having our wisdom teeth removed are over!!
Why It Is Done
A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. When wisdom teeth come in a number of problems can occur
- Your jaw may not be large enough for them, and they may become impacted and unable to break through your gums.
- Your wisdom teeth may break partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. Food and germs can get trapped under the flap and cause your gums to become red, swollen, and painful. These are signs of infection.
- More serious problems can develop from impacted teeth such as infection, damage to other teeth and bone, or a cyst.
- One or more of your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward or to either side.
How Well It Works
Wisdom tooth removal usually is effective in preventing
- Crowding of the back teeth.
- A wisdom tooth becoming stuck in the jaw (impacted) and never breaking through the gums.
- Red, swollen, and painful gums caused by a flap of skin around a wisdom tooth that has only partially come in.
- Gum disease and tooth decay in the wisdom tooth, which may be harder to clean than other teeth, and in the teeth and jaw in the area of the wisdom tooth.
We don’t give much thought or even think of the health or importance of the bone our teeth sit in, but not only does it serve as the foundation for our teeth, it also plays a big part in our appearance. Bone can be lost by gum disease or if a tooth is missing or extracted. The bone may collapse and resorb into the empty socket and cause a sunken appearance to our cheeks or jaw. A bone graft can fix these conditions caused by dental disease or as a result of an accident and can also be used to create a solid foundation for a dental implant.
Dr Lin can replace missing bone, and “grow” new bone in height and width with specific types of bone grafting techniques. This allows patients of all ages to obtain their cosmetic and functional goals with both fixed or “permanent” teeth and dentures.