Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to develop. Sometimes they emerge from the gum line, and the jaw is large enough to allow room for them, but more often, they fail to emerge and become impacted.
When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease.
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons strongly recommends that wisdom teeth be removed by the time the patient is a young adult in order to prevent future problems and to ensure optimal healing.
Although it is preferable to save your natural teeth if at all possible, sometimes tooth extraction is necessary. This is not major surgery and can be performed while you are awake, using local anesthesia. Our Nebraska dentists also offer sedation dentistry to make your experience as pleasant and anxiety-free as possible.
Dentists recommend that everyone perform an oral cancer self-exam each month. If you notice white or red patches, an abnormal lump, chronic sore throat or hoarseness, or difficulty chewing or swallowing, you should contact us. One of our dentists will remove a section of tissue to perform a biopsy and diagnose the problem.
Dental implants are long-term replacements for missing teeth that your dentist surgically places in the jawbone. Composed of titanium metal that fuses with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, dental implants do not slip or decay. Because they fuse with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem.