Emergency Dental Services

Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Anchorage

J Bryson McBratney does wisdom tooth extractions and other emergency services for patients in the Anchorage area. If you are in need of dental help, are in pain, or have damaged a tooth, please call our office immediately. We are able to handle everything from regular extractions to more serious dental issues. In addition, we also offer dental snore guards to treat sleep apnea. Feel free to contact us if you need assistance. We're here to serve you both through a regular appointment, or by getting you in to see us quickly if you need help right away.

In addition to our regular hours, we're also open on Saturdays. Call for an appointment.
Dental snore guard for sleep apnea in Anchorage, AK

Sleep Apnea & Snore Guards

Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.

Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They often occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.

Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep 3 or more nights each week. You often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep when your breathing pauses or becomes shallow.

This results in poor sleep quality that makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is one of the leading causes of excessive daytime sleepiness.

Tooth Extractions

The loss of a single tooth can have major impact upon your oral health and appearance, which is why it is importance to always practice good oral hygiene. Although dentists will use every measure possible to prevent tooth loss, there are still times when a tooth needs to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:
  •     Severe decay
  •     Advanced periodontal disease
  •     Infection or abscess
  •     Orthodontic correction
  •     Malpositioned teeth
  •     Fractured teeth or roots
  •     Impacted teeth
After careful examination and treatment, the dentist may advise an extraction. Before a tooth is removed, the dentist will take an X-ray to review the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon.

It is not uncommon to experience a certain amount of pain and discomfort following an extraction. This discomfort can be minimized with a pain killer and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. After a routine extraction, discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks. If you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

The last molars, or "third molars" that develop on each side of the jaws are known as wisdom teeth. They usually emerge in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16-20.

Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned but can cause that require their removal. When the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted (unable to come in or misaligned). Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

During a wisdom tooth extraction, the dentist will numb the area in your mouth with a local anesthesia or use IV sedation so you are asleep during the procedure. After the tooth (or teeth) is removed, you may be asked to bite down softly on a piece of gauze for 30 to 45 minutes after you leave the office, to limit any bleeding that may occur. Some pain and swelling may occur but it will normally go away after a few days. If you do have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, please call the office.

Extractions

Root Canal

Call our office if you're having an emergency!
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