Tooth Extractions & Wisdom Teeth Removal
Dr. Hina Ali has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a dentist for your tooth extractions and wisdom tooth removals.
Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Ali has averaged 90 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout her career; the minimum requirements for the state of Virginia are 15 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
Everyone here is super friendly and ready to help. Going to the dentist is a lot less intimidating now that I’ve started coming here!
Dr. Hina Ali, with a high-tech dental office located in Richmond, provides comfortable wisdom teeth extractions.
Sometimes a tooth needs to be extracted that isn’t a wisdom tooth. Aside from wisdom teeth extractions, the most common reasons for needing a tooth extracted are:
What happens if I don’t have an infected tooth removed?
Teeth that need extractions because of decay or trauma pose a health risk if left in the mouth. Decay can spread to neighboring teeth. Periodontal disease can progress, further destroying the jawbone. Cracks and fractures are entry points for bacteria, which will cause further decay and disease.
Damaged or decayed teeth should be removed to protect the surrounding teeth and bone. When these teeth are removed, it’s recommended that the space be filled with either a dental bridge or a dental implant. Dr. Ali will discuss what the best option is for you and your mouth.
Simple Tooth Extraction
Video 01:00 | Video demonstrating a simple tooth extraction.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but for those who do, Patterson Village Dentistry offers comfortable wisdom teeth extractions. If we feel you’ll be more comfortable in an oral surgeon’s office for your wisdom teeth extractions, we’ll provide you with an excellent referral. As your smile grows and changes throughout your life, Patterson Village Dentistry is here to make sure it’s healthy and beautiful, whatever stage you’re in.
Wisdom teeth removal is usually approximately an hour long procedure and you’ll go home shortly after it’s done. Most patients choose to be sedated, which makes the time seem like it’s gone by even faster. The doctor will first numb the extraction sites. Next, an incision is made in the gum tissue to access the tooth. The tooth is often cut into sections, making removal easier. Once the tooth is out, the surgical site is closed and you begin healing. Swelling of the cheeks usually increases for the first two to three days, then subsides. The doctor will prescribe appropriate pain medication to help manage soreness.
Video 01:01 | While healthy wisdom teeth are an asset to your mouth, wisdom teeth that don’t fully erupt or that grow in sideways can lead to tooth decay, infection or pain. Discover what your dentist can do to help you decide whether your wisdom teeth should be removed.
Wisdom teeth are also called third molars. They typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 21, although they can come in earlier or later than that. Most people do have wisdom teeth, but not everyone! It’s not uncommon to have zero to four wisdom teeth and sometimes people have more than four!
Some patients have their wisdom teeth erupt with no issue and there’s no need to have them extracted. Many patients, however, simply don’t have enough room in their jaw for the wisdom teeth to come in properly. In cases where the wisdom teeth are impacted, or they’ve erupted in a way that makes them difficult to keep clean and healthy, it’s usually recommended they be removed. Removing wisdom teeth can help prevent problems such as crowding, crooked teeth, and gum disease.
While not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted, if your dentist has recommended you do have them out, then leaving them in can cause problems down the road. Even if they don’t bother you, wisdom teeth that are impacted can push against the neighboring teeth in your mouth, moving them out of alignment. If you’ve already gone through orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth, you’ll want to avoid the crowding caused by pressure from third molars. The other common problem that arises from wisdom teeth remaining in the mouth is gum disease. When wisdom teeth erupt, but are in a position that’s difficult to keep clean, gum disease can become active in these areas. Gum disease, left untreated, has a cascade effect on your overall health and should be taken seriously.
To help avoid these complications, Dr. Ali is proactive about wisdom teeth extractions. If you start to experience any of the following symptoms, let us know right away:
Get Wise About Wisdom Teeth
Video 01:51 | With age comes wisdom – and wisdom teeth! Learn more about what to expect when this third set of molars come through in your late teens.
Preventing and Treating Dry Socket
Video 01:00 | Dry Socket results from the loss of the bloodclot from the extraction site. If you have dry socket, your dentist will recommend various treatments to promote healing and ease discomfort.