Wisdom Tooth Removal / Dental Extractions

waiting room for wisdom tooth extraction patientsAurora Wisdom Tooth Removal (Extractions)

Wisdom teeth are the last molars, or “third molars” that develop on each side of the jaw. Wisdom teeth usually emerge in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16 and 20.

Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, problems develop that require their removal. When the jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted (unable to emerge or misaligned). Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

A wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively common procedure, where Dr. White will numb the area in your mouth with local anesthesia or use IV sedation so you are asleep during the procedure. After the tooth is removed, you may be asked to bite down softly on a piece of gauze for 30 to 45 minutes after you leave the office, to limit any bleeding that may occur. Some pain and swelling may occur but it should go away after a few days. Call our office at 303.344.2705 if you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever.

Tooth Extractions

Keeping up good oral hygiene habits is essential to maintaining a complete and healthy set of teeth for life. Even the loss of a single tooth can have major impacts on your oral health and appearance.

Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still special instances when a tooth may need to be extracted. Some circumstances where extraction is advised include:

  • Severe decay
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Infection or abscess
  • Orthodontic correction
  • Malpositioned teeth
  • Fractured teeth or roots
  • Impacted teeth

For a simple extraction, we will first apply a local anesthetic to ensure that you experience as little pain or discomfort as possible during the procedure. The tooth will then be loosened with a tool called an elevator and removed with dental forceps. Once the procedure is complete, the area may be closed with one or two stitches.

It is critical to keep the extraction area clean to prevent infection. We will provide you with dry, sterile gauze to bite down on for 30-45 minutes to limit bleeding while clotting takes place. For the next 24 hours, you shouldn’t smoke, rinse your mouth vigorously or brush teeth directly next to the extraction site.

A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, but this can be minimized using medication and applying ice packs to the face in 15-minute intervals. Following a routine extraction, discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks. If you experience prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office at 303.344.2705 immediately.

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  • Dr. White is an outstanding oral surgeon. He is very caring and is clinically excellent. He offers outstanding care in almost every capacity that you would expect from an oral surgeon, and he is accomplished in almost every area of maxillofacial surgery, implants and anesthesia."—David Hedrick, DDS
  • I have been referring patients to Dr. White’s practice for ever 10 years. He is experienced, competent and likeable and provides my patients with education and wise surgical options.”—Michael Dougherty, DDS
  • Dr. White is an honest, nice and knowledgeable doctor, and his staff is courteous, professional and thorough. Everyone at the practice is very lighthearted and down-to-earth.” —Frazier G.
  • Dr. White is by far the most competent, genuine and respectful person I have ever had the chance to meet in his profession. I trust him and I’m confident in his abilities and judgment. The staff is wonderful as well, and I know they truly care about my needs. For example, they called Dr. White to come take a look at the site where my wisdom teeth were removed when I was extra worried about the health of my mouth. I chose to see Dr. White because I believe an oral and maxillofacial surgeon has more expertise and experience than a general dentist and that surgeries such as wisdom teeth removal should be performed by someone who specializes in this area.” —Lawand Kamal
  • Dr. White is an excellent surgeon. I have been referring patients to him for over 10 years and I have nothing but the highest regards for his practice. Dr. White does great work, in a kind and caring manner, which is why I send all my oral surgery patients his way.” —Randy Sanders, DDS
  • Dr. White and his staff are awesome. They are friendly and easy to communicate with. My visits there could not go any better.”—Shannon R.

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Dr. Jeffery M. White, DDS

13701 E. Mississippi Avenue, Suite 300
Aurora, CO 80012

Phone: 303.344.2705
Fax: 303.344.4125

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