Sometimes, tooth extractions (the surgical removal of an entire tooth) are necessary to preserve health and oral function. Wisdom teeth are the most commonly extracted teeth because they present a number of oral health complications. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, can cause infection, contribute to gum disease, and affect the alignment of existing teeth. To help prevent the many complications associated with keeping wisdom teeth, our Norton Shores, MI dentist may recommend a wisdom teeth removal or extraction at Community Shores Dental.
Third molars are nicknamed wisdom teeth because they emerge during early adulthood. Despite their nickname, keeping third molars is normally not a wise decision. Since these teeth come in much later than other adult teeth, they can affect the placement of existing teeth in the mouth. In many cases, third molars crowd teeth, causing them to become crooked or overlapped. This can be devastating to patients — especially those who have already received orthodontic treatment in the past — because misaligned teeth affect your appearance and consequently self-esteem and confidence. Misaligned teeth are also difficult to keep properly cleaned. If third molars have crowded your teeth, you will likely encounter challenges with practicing effective oral hygiene.
On top of creating orthodontic problems, wisdom teeth are prone to infection. This is because third molars have little room to come through the gums and often only partially erupt. A partially erupted tooth (also called an impacted tooth) means that food and debris may collect underneath the gums. Partial eruption of a tooth greatly increases the risk for gum disease and cavities.
In addition to these problems, third molars can affect your quality of life. Many patients report facial pain, headaches, and impaired oral function when wisdom teeth are present.
When a tooth extraction is necessary, our Norton Shores, MI dentist uses the latest diagnostic imaging and surgical techniques to remove a tooth. We use pain-relieving medication during treatment so that you will be relaxed and comfortable. Our team will also provide detailed postoperative instructions so you can enjoy a fast recovery. Wisdom teeth removal does not have to be a negative experience. We can help you maintain comfort and have a positive, productive visit to our Norton Shores, MI dentist office.
If you are having trouble with your wisdom teeth, please schedule a consultation with one of our doctors. We will be happy to examine your situation and help you determine whether a wisdom teeth removal is necessary. If extraction is required, we will help you schedule a good date and time for your procedure.
Trust no other dentist in Norton Shores, MI than Dr. Christopher Sortman. He has studied dentistry at University of Michigan Dental School and has completed Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program while serving as Navy dentist.
To make an appointment with our Norton Shores, MI dentist, please contact us directly. You can reach Community Shores Dental by calling 231-646-8250 or by sending us a message via our online contact form. Don’t let wisdom teeth ruin your date by causing discomfort or ruin your smile by causing orthodontic problems. We can’t wait to work with you!