Wisdom Teeth Removal Can Be Good For Your Dental Health
Most people get them in their late teens or early 20s. Most people also need to get rid of them for the sake of their long-term health. What are they? Wisdom teeth.
Not all dentists are a willing to tackle wisdom teeth removal, but Hubbard & Leath Dental will. We strive to be a comprehensive dental practice. That means providing as many services as we can in one location to serve you and your entire family.
For most people, wisdom teeth can create serious problems. Whenever possible, our dentists in Rochester Hills, MI, want to help our patients avoid those issues.
That’s why we encourage you to visit us twice a year for routine cleanings and examinations.
That’s also why we want you to make an appointment today for anyone in your family who may be getting his or her wisdom teeth.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars. Molars are the larger, flatter teeth in the back of your mouth. These teeth are used primarily for grinding our food into smaller pieces that can be digested more easily.
In general, most people get their first permanent molars when we are 6 or 7 years old. The second molars arrive by the time most of us are 13 years old.
The third molars can arrive anytime between 16 and 30 years old, although a typical range is between 17 and 21. Presumably, we are wiser when these third molars arrive, thus they are our wisdom teeth.
With regular visits to Hubbard & Leath Dental, our dentists can monitor the development of your wisdom teeth. We can let you know if you will need to have these teeth removed, and by doing so, you may avoid many complications down the road.
Now would be a good time to schedule your next dental visit if you haven’t already done so. Routine examinations, including digital X-rays, will help us keep an eye on your wisdom teeth.
Why Most People Have Their Wisdom Teeth Removed
Why do we have wisdom, since most people need to have them removed? This question is harder to answer.
Modern biologists consider wisdom teeth to be vestigial body parts, much like the appendix or our tonsils. Usually, we don’t hear about these parts unless they are causing problems and need to be removed.
We know that modern humans have smaller jaws (on average) than our ancestors did. As a result, most of us don’t have enough room for our wisdom teeth to erupt correctly. Be glad if you are one of the lucky ones whose wisdom teeth do fit.
Regular examinations by dental professionals are the best way to know if your wisdom teeth could become impacted. If you live in or near Rochester Hills, MI, then our dentists keep a close watch on your situation.
Impacted wisdom teeth can be painful and increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Wisdom teeth hey can cause major alignment problems by pushing your existing teeth out of position.
By removing them, you are often protecting your oral health and your smile.
What To Expect During Your Wisdom Teeth Extraction
We would prefer it if you never felt the pain of impacted wisdom teeth. At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we will do everything we can to make your wisdom teeth extraction pain-free.
For simpler cases, we may be able to complete the procedure with local anesthetic. For more complex situations, we would recommend sedation dentistry. This will help you remain calm and relaxed, and dental sedation will prevent you from feeling any pain during as your wisdom teeth are removed.
You will need some time to recover from this procedure. In the days that follow your extraction, you may notice some bleeding from the places where your wisdom teeth were removed. Biting down on gauze and soak up the blood and help stop the bleeding.
You will need to avoid physical activity during your recovery, and eating soft foods is necessary for a few days after your wisdom teeth are extracted.
Our team will provide you with more detailed instructions as part of the preparation for your treatment. Also, we will gladly answer any questions you may have leading up to you wisdom teeth removal or during your recovery.
Schedule Your Next Appointment Today
Routine dental care is essential to maintaining your long-term oral health. For teens and young adults, you owe it to yourself to let someone monitor the changes as your wisdom teeth erupt.
Our team at Hubbard & Leath Dental wants to help you manage your wisdom teeth and your overall oral health for years and decades to come.