Wisdom Teeth & Extractions

Dental Extractions

Tooth Removal Process

There are many dental diseases and issues that can be treated, but the last resort for many dentists is tooth extraction. While no one wants to lose their teeth, sometimes this is best to help protect the rest of your teeth and gums and your overall health. The silver lining is with modern dental advancements, tooth extraction can be done quickly and relatively comfortably with sedation options.

Once anesthesia settles in, Dr. Ellison uses specialized instruments to elevate the tooth out of place. You will receive specific post-op instructions to help you care for the area after your procedure along with prescriptions for any medications needed during the healing period.

It is important to remember that when a tooth is removed, it is equally important to replace the missing tooth. If a gap is left, other teeth may begin to shift and move out of alignment. Gaps from missing teeth can also weaken the jaw and cause more issues later on in life. Thankfully, Dr. Ellison has many options for replacing missing teeth, and our team can discuss these with you at any point before your procedure.

We love helping patients keep their teeth healthy, but this is not always possible. Sometimes, our best course of action to keep your other teeth and gums healthy is with a tooth extraction. We also understand that having a tooth removed can impact your confidence, so we work with you to reach your dental goals so you can reveal a healthier, more beautiful smile at the end of it all.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth removal is a procedure to remove the third set of molars, which typically appear between ages 17 and 25. Most people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth, meaning it doesn’t have enough room to grow naturally. By getting your wisdom teeth removed, which could cause infection, tooth decay, damage to surrounding teeth, periodontal disease, bone loss, tooth loss, or because an impaction has been identified, you can ensure they don’t damage the surrounding teeth and bones and soft tissue.

Oral Surgery

Sometimes, dental issues need to be corrected with minor oral surgery. This can be due to gum disease, infection, or other diseases. Oral surgery has come a long way since your grandma’s day, making it relatively simple and pain-free.

Bone Grafting

Just like the rest of the bones in our bodies, the bone supporting your teeth cannot grow back after it is lost. Without the bone surrounding your teeth, you may begin suffering from major dental issues. Our professional dental team can sometimes correct this with bone grafting.


Wisdom Teeth FAQs

If you are having IV Sedation, it is best not to have anything to eat or drink before the procedure except water. You will need soft foods for after the procedure so stocking up on soups, ice cream, eggs, and protein shakes would be helpful. You will likely leave with prescriptions for pain and antibiotics to start taking after the procedure.

Most wisdom teeth are removed in the late teens to early 20s but can be recommended later in age if the wisdom teeth start to present a problem.

Some patients go on with their normal activities within 1 day to 1 week. It’s good to allow for a few days of downtime and rest just in case.


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