Wisdom teeth are given their name because they erupt through the gum line between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people simply don’t have the space in their mouths to accommodate these extra teeth, which is why our Grand Haven dentists will sometimes recommend extraction. Since wisdom teeth form around age 10, our dentists are able to take x-rays to determine how they’ll erupt. That way, impacted wisdom teeth can be extracted before they reverse orthodontic progress or crowd your teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth come in at an angle, which compromises the positions of other teeth. If you had years of orthodontic treatment, the last thing you’d want is to undo all the progress that was made to give you a beautiful healthy smile. Our dentists might recommend wisdom tooth extraction as the best way to fix this problem.
Keep in mind that not everyone needs wisdom teeth extraction. If your wisdom teeth are coming in straight and your jaw is big enough, you may be able to keep your wisdom teeth. However, if you experience any wisdom tooth pain, call our office immediately for emergency dental care. Sometimes impacted wisdom teeth can get stuck beneath the surface of your gums, increasing your risk of inflammation or infection. In this situation, our dentist would recommend wisdom teeth removal.
Dental sedation and anesthesia are available for wisdom tooth removal. After the procedure, you will probably experience some swelling and discomfort. Our dentist will go over your pain management options and aftercare instructions. It’s important to follow these instructions carefully so you have a quick and healthy recovery.
Wisdom tooth removal is a standard dental procedure that’s beneficial for many patients. At Grand Haven Smiles, we’re happy to explain the procedure at your dental exam in order to help you make the best choice for your teeth. To schedule your appointment with one of our Grand Haven, MI wisdom teeth dentists, give our office a call at (616) 209-4704.
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