At Stoneridge Dental, we understand the fear and hesitation some patients face when it comes to having dental work, especially if that dental work involves any type of oral surgery. At Stoneridge Dental, we can take care of all your oral health needs from the comfort of your dental home. Dr. Nathan Saydyk and our team have the advanced training and technology to take care of you every step of the way. We’re here to help you get your oral health back on track.
Our primary goal is, of course, to keep your natural teeth healthy and in your mouth for as long as possible. Hopefully for life! However, we’re all human and sometimes things happen. If you have a tooth that is badly infected, decayed, or unable to support itself because of damage caused by gum disease, an extraction may be in your best interest.
An extraction can help stop an infection from spreading and eliminate pain and sensitivity caused by a problem tooth. If you need to have a tooth extracted, don’t worry, we promise to take care of you every step of the way.
Dr. Nathan Saydyk will sit down with you in a comprehensive consultation prior to your appointment to discuss the details of the procedure. Depending on your individual preferences, we will either use a local anesthetic to complete the treatment while you’re awake, or a general anesthetic to put you to sleep. We also have sedation options available. Dr. Saydyk and our team will make sure you are completely comfortable every step of the way and will give you specific instructions to follow after the procedure.
Wisdom teeth are the most common extractions. Our wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of 17-25, and they tend to cause more problems than they solve. Imagine trying to shove a book into an already full bookshelf. So why do we even have wisdom teeth?
Our ancestors had larger skulls than we do today, and they needed more molars to help them chew and grind their food in its more natural state. Today, we get by just fine without them, but they still haven’t evolved out of our DNA completely. Some people get all four of their wisdom teeth, some people get some, and some get none at all.
Wisdom teeth can cause a lot of problems for your alignment and bite. If you already have crowded teeth, wisdom teeth are only going to make matters worse. Changes in your alignment and bite can lead to pain and dysfunction in the TMJ or jaw joint. Often times wisdom teeth can be impacted, or at an angle where they are unable to erupt properly. In this case, they tend to push against your other teeth causing pain and sensitivity. In many cases, having them extracted is in your best interest.
If you have an infected tooth, we may be able to avoid an extraction by performing a root canal. Root canals are not technically considered oral surgery because they don’t require scalpels and sutures. While they may have earned a bad rap over the years, root canals today are actually a very routine and mostly painless procedure – usually no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled!
If you need a root canal, Dr. Saydyk will first make sure you are totally numb and don’t feel a thing. Next, he will make a small access hole in the tooth. Using specialized instruments, he will carefully go in and remove the infection from the inside of the tooth. He will then sterilize the chamber and reshape the root canals. After filling the chamber to prevent further infection, the process is typically completed with the placement of a crown to reinforce the tooth and prevent further damage.
Don’t wait for the problem to treat itself, because it won’t! An infection will only get worse if left untreated. If you’re experiencing pain, sensitivity, and signs of infection, you may need a root canal to save the tooth and prevent an extraction. Don’t worry, you’re in the very best, most capable hands with Dr. Saydyk and our team at Stoneridge Dental.
If you are in need of oral surgery, don’t worry, you’re in the best possible hands with Dr. Saydyk and our team at Stoneridge Dental. If you still have some anxiety about your appointment, we do have sedation options available to take the edge off. Click here to learn more about sedation dentistry and how it can help you have a more comfortable dental experience.