Wisdom teeth extractions can be done in our office without sedation. The extractions are fairly easy and inexpensive. If you need to be sedated, then their is the cost of the anesthesiologist. Wisdom teeth are no different than fillings or crowns, and sedation is really unnecessary. Recovery time is individual, but the day of surgery is defiantly one you want to take off.
Some discolored spots on the teeth may indicate decay, but not all of them. The dentist may use an explorer, a metal instrument with a sharp tip, to probe for possible decay. Healthy tooth enamel is hard and will resist pressure by the explorer. Decayed enamel is softer. The instrument will stick in it slightly. This is often repairs with a simple filing. White or amalgam are available. White is prettier and amalgam lasts longer. Both have benefits.
A person may not know that he or she has bad breath. This phenomenon is because odor-detecting cells in the nose eventually become accustomed to the constant flow of bad smells from the mouth.
Poor Dental hygiene: Teeth are coated with film, or plaque, food debris trapped between teeth, pale or swollen gums.
Infections in the mouth; Gums may be red, swollen, and bleed easily, especially after brushing or flossing; pus may drain from between teeth: a pocket of pus ( access) at the base of the tooth; loose teeth or a change in "fit" of a denture. Painful open sores on the tongue or gums.
Dr. James L. Johnson