Surgical Teeth Procedures & Removal

Beautiful Smile — Dental Clinic in Salem, IN
Dr. John C. Tackett performs oral examinations and various surgical teeth procedures. Our goal is helping you to obtain healthy oral hygiene and relieve oral discomfort. To schedule an appointment, call our dental office today at 812-883-4281.

Oral Examinations

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Tackett can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid- teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Treatments & Outpatient Surgery

All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Tackett has the training, license, and experience to provide various types of anesthesia to allow patients to select the best alternative. These services are provided in an environment of optimum safety, utilizing modern monitoring equipment and staff experienced in anesthesia techniques.

There are many other indications for removal of teeth. You may be referred for extractions of retained baby teeth, decayed and/or abscessed teeth, fractures, mis-aligned teeth, or severe crowding. You may need extractions as part of orthodontic care or if periodontal disease (pyorrhea) has become advanced.
  • Dentoalveolar surgery (surgery to remove impacted teeth, difficult tooth extractions, extractions on medically compromised patients, or pre-prosthetic surgery to provide better anatomy for the placement of dentures or other dental prostheses)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of benign pathology of the region (cysts, tumors etc.)
  • Diagnosis of malignant pathology of the region (oral & head and neck cancer)
  • Diagnosis of cutaneous malignancy (skin cancer surgery on the head and neck)
  • Diagnosis of congenital malformations such as cleft lip and palate and cranial vault malformations such as craniosynostosis, craniofacial surgery
  • Diagnosis of chronic facial pain disorders
  • Diagnosis and treatment of soft and hard tissue trauma of the oral and maxillofacial region (jaw fractures, cheek bone fractures, nasal fractures, frontal bone fractures, and eye socket fractures.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

The average adult has 32 teeth by age 18 — 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces while the back teeth, or molar teeth, are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing. However, the average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your Third Molars, also known as "wisdom teeth."

Why Should You Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly, and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully. These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom tooth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.