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Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom teeth can damage surrounding teeth, compromise your oral health, and cause extreme discomfort. Often, they fail to erupt properly. 

Dr. Ettienne van Zyl combines modern dentistry and advanced sedation techniques to ensure your comfort during wisdom tooth extraction. 

You have nothing to fear...

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Modern Wisdom Tooth Removal Is Virtually Painless


Prevent Complications

Addressing an impacted wisdom tooth is imperative as it can contribute to oral health issues such as overcrowding and infection. Dr. van Zyl can perform a trusted, routine procedure to carefully remove your wisdom tooth.

Comfortable Treatment

Sedation can help you feel at ease and comfortable during your procedure, providing an overall more pleasant experience. Additionally, you can enjoy relief from painful symptoms once the tooth has been removed.

Peace of Mind

After treatment, you will no longer have to worry about potential health issues caused by wisdom teeth. Advanced techniques also help minimize the risk of post-surgical complications.

What happens during wisdom tooth removal?

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Wisdom Tooth Removal is a Routine Procedure

Dr. van Zyl can perform wisdom tooth and simple extractions...

Impaction can occur with any tooth, but wisdom teeth are most commonly affected. When any of your primary 28 teeth become too decayed or damaged to repair, Dr. van Zyl can perform an extraction to replace the tooth with dental implants or other restorations

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At times, wisdom teeth do not surface properly, and the results can be painful.

About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, or the third molars, typically emerge during adolescence. Some patients never develop wisdom teeth, while others develop them without issue.

Since wisdom teeth are the last to erupt, their designated space along the jawbone may be crowded out by other teeth, preventing them from emerging. This can result in a variety of complications:

  • Extreme pain
  • Damage to surrounding teeth
  • Periodontal disease
  • Bacterial infection if the tooth partially erupts, allowing bacteria to become trapped under flaps of tissue
  • A misaligned bite, as wisdom teeth can move other teeth out of place

If your wisdom tooth has erupted through the gums, Dr. van Zyl can remove it fairly easily. However, if the tooth has only partially erupted, or it is still entirely below the gum's surface, more extensive treatment may be required. 

Removing Wisdom Teeth

Depending on your needs, various types of sedation are available to ensure maximum comfort. Dr. van Zyl will first remove a minimal amount of bone or gum tissue to provide access to the affected tooth. Once the tooth is exposed, it can be gently loosened and removed.

Tooth extractions are generally pain-free because of anesthesia; however, you may feel slight pressure during the procedure. If you feel pain or discomfort during the procedure, tell your dentist immediately. Once the tooth has been removed, Dr. van Zyl will carefully suture the incisions, and place folded gauze on the treated area to minimize bleeding. 

Dr. van Zyl combines modern dentistry and advanced sedation techniques to ensure your comfort during tooth extraction.

Recovery and Follow-Up

Following surgery, Dr. van Zyl will provide instructions on recovery care:

  • Get plenty of rest 
  • Avoid foods that might open your sutures 
  • Eat soft, cool foods for a few days
  • Use a cold compress to soothe inflammation
  • Take pain medication as prescribed

Although smokers are strongly encouraged to stop smoking entirely before and after the procedure in the interest of proper healing, it is imperative that patients do not smoke cigarettes within 48 to 72 hours of wisdom tooth extraction.

Side Effects and Risks

Like any surgery, wisdom tooth extraction poses certain risks and requires close postoperative monitoring. You should call Dr. van Zyl immediately if:

  • You develop a fever or chills
  • Bleeding does not subside
  • You have difficulty swallowing
  • The extraction site becomes increasingly painful, as this may indicate the development of a dry socket

Choosing an excellent oral surgeon is your best means of minimizing these risks. Dr. van Zyl's experience and refined techniques ensure minimal risk and maximum safety during your extraction. 

Pairing Skill & Passion  for Exceptional Dental Care

Dr. Ettienne van Zyl and his team
Dr. van Zyl and his team are proud to care for your smile.

Dr. van Zyl is highly qualified to provide your dental treatment: 

  • Trained at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • Advanced knowledge in a broad spectrum of dental disciplines
  • Member of several prestigious dental organizations
  • Provides a full spectrum of treatment at his practice 

With a focus on personalized, comfortable care you can rest assured that you will receive the highest level of care with Dr. van Zyl and his team. Call us at (479) 372-4500 to schedule your consultation.

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