Wisdom Teeth Removal
I think that the biggest things that patients want to know regarding any very difficult procedure, such as wisdom teeth removal or implants, is whether or not you're going to hurt them, and whether or not you're going to be efficient about the process. Nobody wants to get stuck in a dental chair. My mom has a story about, her jaw has bothered her my whole life, and I specifically have asked her about and tried to figure out what was actually going on with her jaw. Well, I found out recently she had her wisdom teeth taken out by an oral surgeon 30 years ago, 40 years ago, and she spent 7 hours in the oral surgeon's office. This was pre-technology, it's before a lot of the tools that we have now, but that sort of thing doesn't happen these days. Patients are in and out of the chair, and we don't hurt them. That's I'd say the primary thing that I try to get across to my patients. I'll answer any technical questions they have, but at the end of the day, really that's what they want to know is do you care, is it going to hurt, and how long is it going to take.
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.
Why Wisdom Teeth Cause Oral Health Problems
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.
Gentle Tooth Extractions
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.
Make An Appointment
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.
To make an appointment with our Norton Shores, MI dentist, please contact us directly. You can reach us by calling 231-366-4182 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!
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