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Oral Surgery

Dr. Gilbert is trained and equipped to perform the oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures necessary to preserve and improve your smile, and your health.

We understand that the prospect of undergoing oral surgery can make some people anxious, but our patients can rest assured that they are in competent, capable, caring hands.

Tooth Extractions

Basic tooth extraction is a very safe procedure that may be necessary for any number of reasons. Most commonly, a tooth is too badly damaged or decayed to be effectively repaired, and should be extracted to preserve the health of the rest of your mouth. Other times, severe tooth decay may reach the pulp of your tooth, causing an infection. If the infection is too severe to be treated with antibiotics or root canal therapy, the tooth must be removed to stop the infection from spreading. Teeth may also be removed if their size or position is abnormal to the point that they would greatly obstruct necessary orthodontic procedures.

If you need to have a tooth extracted, such a procedure will typically go as follows:

  • Your procedure will begin with an anesthetic injection to numb the area around the tooth that will be removed.
  • If you are having multiple teeth removed, a stronger anesthetic may be used that will cause you to sleep painlessly throughout your entire procedure.
  • Once the area is fully numbed, bone and gum tissue may be cut away if necessary.
  • The tooth will then be held with forceps, and rocked gently until it is pulled free of the jawbone.
  • If the tooth proves very difficult to extract, it may be cut and removed piece by piece.

After the extraction, bleeding will be stopped with gauze or stitches, and you’ll be free to leave. A full recovery will usually take a few days, during which you should eat soft foods, and avoid the extraction area when brushing and flossing.


Wisdom Teeth Extractions

The four backmost teeth that emerge in your mouth are your third molars, or wisdom teeth. They usually come in during the ages of 17-21 (a supposed age of maturing, or gaining wisdom, thus the tooth’s common name) and tend to be not only unnecessary, but harmful.

In a few cases, wisdom teeth will come in healthy, correctly positioned, and functional, and in these cases, it may not be necessary to remove them. Very often, however, wisdom teeth do not have adequate room to erupt, and can cause very serious problems, the risk of which greatly outweighs the negligible benefit of keeping them.

Wisdom teeth can impact with your other teeth, damaging them and pushing them out of alignment. Unhealthy wisdom teeth may inflame the tissue of your gums, resulting in swelling, and even pockets between your teeth where bacteria colonies can grow. It’s even possible for cysts to form around the new teeth, causing lasting nerve damage if left untreated.