John a Carroll DDS, Oral & Maxillofacial John A. Carroll DDS Colorado Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

John A. Carroll, DDS
Colorado Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

26 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 740
Littleton, CO 80120
303 224 0500 PH
303 224 0606 FX
DrJohnCarroll.com

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are wisdom teeth?

What does impacted mean?

Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed? They don’t bother me.

When should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Can I be asleep for my surgery?

Can my regular dentist remove my teeth?

How long is wisdom teeth surgery?

What is a dry socket? Can I prevent it?

What are dental implants?

Why choose implants rather than bridges?

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What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth, (i.e. 3rd molars), are the last teeth to develop in your dental arches. They form in your jawbones behind your second molars. Wisdom teeth are often impacted.

What does impacted mean?

An impacted tooth is malpositioned, partly or completely covered by your gum tissue, partly or completely encased in the bone of your upper or lower jaw and has little or no potential to spontaneously erupt into a normal, functional and maintainable position in your mouth.

Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed? They don’t bother me.

Non-symptomatic impacted wisdom teeth can damage or destroy adjacent second molars. They contribute to periodontal disease. They can cause shifting of other teeth and contribute to rotation and crowding of your front teeth. Destructive pathologies including cysts and tumors are attributable to impacted wisdom teeth. Hygiene of erupted wisdom teeth is challenging. Erupted and impacted wisdom teeth contribute to decay and periodontal disease effecting otherwise healthy second molars.

When should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Impacted wisdom teeth are most easily removed after the crowns are fully formed, but before their roots completely develop. That usually occurs between the ages of 14 and 18 years.

Can I be asleep for my surgery?

Yes. Dr. Carroll is licensed to administer intravenous medications for office anesthesia and sedation.

Can my regular dentist remove my teeth?

Many general dentists do some dental extractions. Most dentists will refer patients to a specialist for removal of impacted teeth, for extractions of erupted teeth that might be complicated, or if that patient requests intravenous anesthesia or sedation for the procedure.

How long is wisdom teeth surgery?

We schedule 1 hour for most wisdom teeth surgeries. That allows us time to administer your anesthetic, remove your impacted wisdom teeth, and allow you to wake up and recover enough so that we can safely discharge you to the care of your chaperone.

What is a dry socket? Can I prevent it?

Healing after a tooth extraction begins with the formation of a healthy and stable blood clot in the socket. Dry socket refers to loss of that clot resulting in an open socket with exposed bone. Untreated dry sockets are painful. Dry sockets are, however, quickly and easily treated in my office with complete relief of discomfort. You can’t prevent a dry socket, but you might lower your risk by avoiding tobacco products for a week following your extraction. Staying on a soft diet for three to four days after your surgery might help with uneventful healing. Birth control pills are linked to a higher incidence of dry sockets. Gender may also contribute to genesis of a dry socket. Females seem slightly more predisposed to dry sockets than are males.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are anchors placed into the jawbones that can be used to support or retain a variety of tooth replacement options including crowns, bridges and dentures.

Why choose implants rather than bridges?

Bridges require cutting and placing crowns on teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. A bridge connects your tooth behind the space, (i.e. posterior abutment), with your tooth in front of the space, (i.e. anterior abutment), spanning the gap with an artificial tooth, (i.e. pontic). Implants allow you to avoid cutting and crowning other teeth.
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