Oral Surgery / Extractions

The dentists at Hayfield Dental Care do perform extractions and other various surgeries. All of the dentists are qualified to do extractions, however, most of the extractions in the office are performed by Dr. Charles Brown. Dr. Brown has worked as a hospital dentist, and has received advanced training involving the removal of teeth, preprosthetic surgery and laser surgery. He has extracted several thousand regular teeth and just over a thousand wisdom teeth. He has a reputation for being very gentle and has even extracted wisdom teeth on many of our staff members, just ask Slyvia, Cheryl, Brandy, Rachael or Sinath. They have all had their wisdom teeth extracted by Dr. Brown.

If you believe you have a tooth that needs to be extracted you may schedule a consultation with any of our dentists. If you believe your wisdom teeth need to be removed, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown. Dr. Brown is our only dentist that removes impacted wisdom teeth. You will need a panoramic x-ray to evaluate your wisdom teeth. If you have a recent panorex from another office bring it with you and it might save you the cost of us having to take another one. In some instances we may refer you to an oral surgeon to have your tooth removed. Cases that have significant risk of nerve or sinus injury are frequently referred to a specialist. Some complex impactions may also be referred to a specialist. However, most extractions can be performed right here at Hayfield Dental Care.

Your third molars are more commonly called “wisdom teeth.” Usually appearing in the late teens or early twenties, third molars often lack the proper space in the jaw to erupt fully or even at all. A tooth is impacted when it refuses to erupt through the skin. Any tooth can be impacted but it is most common with the wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth and can sometimes contribute to the formation of cysts and tumors in the bone around the tooth. This can lead to nerve damage and facial paralysis in some instances.

Wisdom teeth are most easily removed when the roots are one third to one half of the way formed. This occurs usually between the ages of 15 and 20. This can only be determined with a panoramic x-ray. Your dentist will let you know when it is time to remove your wisdom teeth. Approximately, one person out of a hundred will have the proper jaw structure to be able to keep their wisdom teeth their whole life. Generally, it becomes much more difficult to remove wisdom teeth after the age of 25 and the healing process is also slower after that age.