Wisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure. The vast majority of adults have their wisdom teeth removed in order to preserve their oral health.
At Lakewood Smiles Dentistry, we can help you understand the basics about your wisdom teeth, and whether or not you’ll need to have them removed.
What Are Wisdom Teeth? Are They Important?
Your wisdom teeth are the four rearmost molars in your mouth. While your adult teeth typically grow in permanently by the age of 13, your wisdom teeth do not erupt until about the age of 18, and some folks may not have their wisdom teeth grow in until their early 20s.
Your wisdom teeth are natural, and are not harmful, as long as they grow in properly. They function as a normal set of molars, helping you chew food. But when wisdom teeth come in, they often cause quite a few oral health issues, and they may require removal.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth grow in much later than the rest of your adult teeth, so they usually do not erupt correctly. This is why wisdom tooth pain is so common. They may erupt at an angle, crowd out your other teeth, or even damage adjacent teeth. Malpositioned wisdom teeth can cause issues like:
- Nerve damage and pain
- Bite misalignment
- Jaw stiffness
- Teeth shifting
- Damage to surrounding teeth
Do I Need To Remove My Wisdom Teeth?
Only a dentist, such as Dr. Nancy William, can answer this question. Each patient is different. If your wisdom teeth are coming in properly, and are not affecting your surrounding teeth, you may be able to keep them.
To find out if you can keep your wisdom teeth, schedule an appointment with Lakewood Smiles Dentistry now.
How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed? Does The Procedure Hurt?
Wisdom teeth extraction is a very simple process. Dr. William will numb the tooth and the surrounding tissue. Then, an incision is made in the gum tissue, so that the root of the tooth can be accessed.
The tooth is then removed, and the affected area is cleaned to prevent infection. Then, the area will usually be stitched to promote healing, and gauze will be placed over the affected site to control bleeding.
Extraction of wisdom teeth usually only takes a few minutes for each tooth, and pain is minimal during the procedure. After extraction, you may experience some pain, swelling, and bleeding. Dr. William will prescribe medication and care tips to help you recover quickly.
Typically, most pain will be gone within 4 days of your procedure. The entire healing process takes 1-2 weeks, depending on the patient, and how many teeth are extracted.
Need Wisdom Teeth Removal in Lakewood? Come To Lakewood Smiles Dentistry Today!
If you think you may need your wisdom teeth removed, schedule an appointment with Dr. Nancy William at Lakewood Smiles now. If you don’t remove your wisdom teeth in Lakewood, you could end up with serious tooth pain, or other conditions like shifting or damaged teeth.
We specialize in preventative dentistry in Lakewood. With a comprehensive oral exam, we can assess the health of your mouth, make sure that your wisdom teeth are growing in properly, and offer treatment recommendations based on our findings.
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