Losing Your Wisdom Teeth Is Probably A Good Thing!
If you’ve recently been told you have to have your wisdom teeth removed, you may have begun to feel a bit anxious or worried about the procedure. But rest assured, having your wisdom teeth removed is probably a good thing!
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we regularly perform wisdom tooth extractions on patients who are suffering from the uncomfortable symptoms of wisdom teeth issues. Some of our patients are able to have their wisdom teeth removed before they even become an issue!
You can rest assured that at our Rochester Hills, MI dentist office, we have the experience necessary to carefully and effectively remove your wisdom teeth and relieve the uncomfortable symptoms associated with them.
A Brief Guide To Wisdom Teeth
What are your wisdom teeth exactly? They’re your third and final set of molars that typically come in between the ages of 17 and 25. In some cases, when they come in properly aligned and healthy, your wisdom teeth can be a valuable asset to your mouth. But more often than not, they are misaligned, cause issues, and need to be removed.
Misaligned wisdom teeth may be positioned horizontally, angled inward or outward, or angled toward or away from your second molars. When your wisdom teeth are misaligned, they can cause crowding of the rest of your teeth or damage to your teeth, jawbone, or nerves.
Surprisingly, some people don’t even have wisdom teeth. To find out if you have them and to get a closer look at your wisdom teeth, we will examine your teeth and take an X-ray.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
We commonly see patients whose wisdom teeth have become impacted. If we tell you your wisdom teeth are impacted, it means they’re stuck inside the soft tissue and/or jawbone or have only partially broken through the gum.
If your wisdom teeth are partially erupted, it creates an opportunity for bacteria to get around your tooth and cause an infection. That infection can then lead to swelling, pain, jaw stiffness, and a general ill feeling.
Partially erupted teeth are also more likely to decay and develop gum disease because they’re harder to reach than the rest of your teeth, which makes brushing and flossing harder.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure: What To Expect
If your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, we will schedule a day for the procedure at our Rochester Hills, MI dental office. If you’re feeling a bit anxious about your wisdom tooth removal, rest assured that we work hard to make sure you feel completely comfortable during your time with us.
You can rest comfortably in a private room and we’ll use local anesthesia before the procedure so you don’t feel a bit of pain. At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we offer several comfort options so don’t hesitate to ask us how we can make you feel more at ease.
Once you’re completely comfortable, we will begin the process of extracting your wisdom teeth. We will remove the gums around each of your wisdom teeth to make it easier for us to extract your wisdom teeth. Once your wisdom teeth have been removed, we’ll stitch the area to prevent bacteria and food debris from getting trapped in the area.
Once you’ve recovered from the anesthesia, we’ll send you home with recovery instructions. The instructions will include everything you need to know about cleaning your teeth, eating, and when you can return to your everyday activities.
Remember, because of the anesthesia you’ll need someone to drive you home as the side effects wear off.
Learn More About Wisdom Tooth & Extraction Today
If you’ve yet to have your wisdom teeth removed and think you could benefit from the procedure, call Hubbard & Leath Dental to learn more today. If your wisdom teeth haven’t come in yet, it’s a good idea to get an idea of whether you’ll need to have yours removed in the future.