Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to develop in the mouth. There are typically 4, one in each corner of the mouth (upper right/left, lower right/left). They usually develop in the late teen and early twenty years. Oftentimes, wisdom teeth do not have adequate space to fully grow into the mouth and become trapped in the jawbone. The teeth may also be partially trapped in the gums or bone, causing recurrent infection/inflammation of the surrounding gums. Another common issue is growing/developing crooked or at an angle, preventing them from growing in and potentially causing damage to the tooth in front of it.

Pain can be caused by:

Irritated gums around the tooth
Infection of the tooth due to food being trapped and cavity formation
Pressure of the moving tooth against other structures in the mouth
Cyst forming around the tooth

Do wisdom teeth have to be removed?

Recommendation of wisdom tooth removal is done on a case-by-case basis. In some instances, wisdom teeth grow in proper alignment, are functional, and free of complications.

In the case of trapped wisdom teeth, a large majority of the time they will be recommended for extraction to prevent further complications, discomfort, or damage to neighboring teeth.

If the teeth are recommended for extraction, depending on the location of the tooth, they may be done in office, or in some cases referred to an oral surgeon’s office.


Wisdom Teeth Removal

To find out more about which service options are best for you, please call (810) 687-5040 or request an appointment online.

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