Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery
Oral Surgeon & Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Poncey Highland/Midtown, Atlanta, GA
Wherever possible, saving your natural teeth is the best option, but sometimes there’s nothing even the most skilled of oral surgeons can do with badly damaged or diseased teeth. The highly qualified professionals at Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery in Poncey-Highland, Midtown Atlanta, have specialist expertise in molar extraction, including the removal of wisdom teeth. Call Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery today or book an appointment online.
Molar Extraction Q&A
What is molar extraction?
Molar extraction is the removal of one of the teeth in the back or sides of your mouth.
You have incisors at the front of your mouth that you use for biting, and they have a thin, sharper edge. Molars are the teeth that you use for chewing, so they have a flatter surface, perfect for grinding up food.
Molar extraction is sometimes necessary when a tooth is beyond repair, or the teeth are overcrowded.
When might I need a molar extraction?
The main reasons for having a molar extraction are:
- Serious tooth decay
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Non-restorable teeth
- Infected teeth
- Severe gum disease
- Teeth overcrowding
Some people have teeth that don’t line up properly because there isn’t enough room in their jaw. Crossing teeth and teeth that push against each other can cause discomfort and might make you more likely to suffer tooth problems. Removing certain teeth leaves more room for the others and significantly improves your comfort and the appearance of your smile.
Although the team at Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery has many advanced treatment options for preserving damaged or diseased teeth, sometimes a tooth reaches a stage where saving it isn’t a viable option.
Are wisdom teeth molars?
Wisdom teeth are the molars right at the back of your mouth. They’re the last teeth to come through, and often don’t appear until you’re well into adulthood.
Wisdom teeth often cause problems that require molar extraction. Many people find their wisdom teeth get impacted, which means they don’t break through the gum. They can also cause overcrowding, resulting in:
- Root damage
- Serious tooth decay
Molar extraction often involves removing wisdom teeth that are causing problems. It’s also sensible to remove wisdom teeth before they start affecting your oral health.
The team at Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery offers painless molar extraction surgeries for problem teeth. At a consultation, your provider discusses your options with you, which include:
- Nitrous oxide gas
After your molar extraction, it’s a good idea to think about replacing the lost teeth with dental implants. If necessary, your provider can build up your jawbone using a bone graft procedure called a socket preservation graft at the same time as your tooth extraction.
If you need to have a molar extraction, you can be sure that the Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery team has the skills and experience to make it as comfortable and pain-free an experience as possible. Find out more by calling the clinic today or book an appointment online.