Are Wisdom Teeth Extractions Considered Emergency Dentistry?

Wisdom teeth don’t always require extraction. Some lucky people can live their entire lives unbothered by these teeth. 

However, for many people, a wisdom tooth extraction might not just be necessary, but it could also be a dental emergency.

Check out this short blog post to learn when a wisdom tooth extraction needs emergency dental services.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Extracted? 

Wisdom teeth are your last set of molars. Unfortunately, they don’t always have enough room to grow, which can lead to a lot of issues with your oral health.

  • Changing your tooth alignment to "make room" for themselves
  • Growing at an odd angle
  • getting stuck just below the gum line, etc.

When a wisdom tooth is impacted or creates issues for your overall oral health, a dentist may recommend an extraction. In most cases, they will schedule you for oral surgery, and you can get rid of the tooth before it creates more fuss.

The problem is that wisdom teeth are also very hard to clean. Because they sit at the back of the mouth, many patients have trouble reaching them with their toothbrushes, which greatly increases the risk of cavities and even infections.

A damaged or infected wisdom tooth is one of the most common types of dental emergencies.

Signs You Need an Emergency Wisdom Tooth Extraction

In general, you know you’re dealing with a dental emergency if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • High levels of pain
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Cracked wisdom tooth
  • Abscess formation (may look like a pimple, filled with pus)

Essentially, any time you are in a lot of discomfort, you should call Z Dentistry  right away. 

A wisdom tooth could be infected, cracked, or impacted, which causes high levels of pain that can only be removed through appropriate dental treatment.

How Does an Emergency Wisdom Tooth Extraction Work?

Wisdom tooth extractions are a fairly straightforward process, even if done in emergency dentistry. First, your tooth will be numbed to ensure you won’t be in any discomfort. Dental sedation could also be used to help you relax and remain calm.

Once you’re numbed, the dentist will pull out the wisdom tooth from its socket if it’s fully erupted. If the tooth is impacted, the procedure becomes a bit more complex, and an incision is made on the gum line to reveal the tooth.

Dealing with a Dental Emergency? Get in Touch Right Away

Dr. Jason Simms and Dr. Anh Simms are here to help you access expert dental services when you need them most.

If you think you might need an emergency wisdom tooth extraction, call us at (225) 570-4050 as soon as possible for immediate help.

Or schedule a regular appointment at Z Dentistry using our online form here.

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