Minimally Invasive Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Our doctors take every possible measure to help you keep your natural teeth. However, there are cases when a tooth either cannot be salvaged, or is creating conditions that affect your overall and oral health. When this is the case, Dr. Kuhn will carefully and gently extract your damaged tooth, using a minimally invasive approach of removing the wisdom tooth in segments.
Keeping You Comfortable
To ensure your comfort, we offer both oral and IV sedation, as well as NuCalm™ procedure for relaxation without narcotics. Our entire team is dedicated to keeping you comfortable. We offer warm blankets, noise-cancelling headphones and lavender-scented towels.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth, technically called third molars, are additional replacement teeth that were necessary when people’s teeth were worn down or lost at a young age. Now, many people don’t have room in their jaws for wisdom teeth. Letting wisdom teeth come in can cause problems for your other teeth, including crowding, decay, infection, and even loss.
Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed, but we can assess your teeth and jaws to see if it is a good idea for you.
Preserving Sockets with Bone Grafts
Socket preservation provides a solid foundation for anchoring dental implants.
When a tooth is extracted, a socket is left empty. To fill this socket and to reduce post-extraction bone loss, minimize bleeding and speed up the healing process, Dr. Ritt Kuhn uses a socket preservation procedure. During this procedure the empty socket is filled with a bone grafting material called Allograft. This preservation procedure is also known as ridge preservation, a socket graft or an extraction socket graft.
Preparation for Dental Implants
For patients who wish to have the extracted tooth replaced with a dental implant, socket preservation provides a solid foundation for the implant post. In many cases, Dr. Kuhn can place a dental implant immediately following tooth extraction. Allograft is placed at the same time as the implant. It stimulates bone regeneration to create a solid foundation for the implant post to bond with.
When teeth are lost due to injury or extraction, a gap is left in the jawbone. While the gums will heal and cover the gap, the jawbone usually has high and low points that cause restorations, such as dentures, to rub painfully against the higher ridges.
Alveoplasty is a surgical procedure that smooths the jawbone to prepare for dentures. In addition to creating a surface for a denture to fit comfortably, alveoplasty helps control bleeding and speed healing because the gums are sutured after the procedure.
To expedite healing and prevent infection, we may also use Arestin® time-released antibiotic therapy.