Make Your Wisdom Teeth Extraction Simple
More than likely you will need your wisdom teeth removed unless you already had them taken out.
Our wisdom teeth generally erupt in our late teens or early 20s, and experts estimate that between 75 and 85 percent of people will need those teeth removed.
This isn’t just for the sake of pulling teeth. It’s often the best option for your oral health.
If someone in your family is close to the age when their wisdom teeth will erupt, then we invite you to visit Parkway Dental. We can help you determine if extraction is the best option for him or her, and we can perform that procedure in our dentist office, right here in Snellville, GA.
Why Wisdom Teeth Cause Problems?
The reason so many people need to have their wisdom teeth removed is that most modern humans don’t have jaws that are large enough for these teeth to fit.
Anthropologists know that our ancestors had larger jaws on average than people do today. They may have had space for a third set of molars, but a vast majority of us do not.
This also is why wisdom teeth can create problems when they do try to erupt. If they don’t have enough space they can become impacted. This means they are not able to fully emerge.
Whether these teeth are completely impacted (which means they do not break the surface of your gums) or partially impacted, they can cause similar problems.
Your wisdom teeth push into your the adjacent teeth. This can cause your teeth to become more and more misaligned. The longer your wisdom teeth remain in place, the more misaligned your other teeth will become.
In some cases, wisdom teeth can grow in ways that damage nerves and they can increase your risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and infections as well. In some cases, wisdom teeth may even create pressure the contributes to sinus problems.
This is one of the reasons it’s so important to visit our office for routine examinations. When we take X-rays we are monitoring any changes in your teeth. It also allows us to watch the progress of your wisdom teeth so we know whether to recommend extractions.
We can also let you know if you are one of the fortunate people whose wisdom teeth grow in without any problems.
The Extraction Process
In the likely event that you or a member of your family does need to have wisdom teeth extracted, we will do everything we can to make the procedure as comfortable as possible for you.
We can use local anesthetics, sedation dentistry, or a combination of the two to make sure you don’t feel any pain. We also use special tools and technology to gently remove the teeth.
We will advise you about the proper care after your tooth extraction. We can show you what you should do to keep your sockets clean until they have healed and closed.
We consider ourselves a comprehensive dental practice. Because of this, we are able to meet almost all of our patients’ oral care needs under one roof.
This includes wisdom teeth extractions. Many dentists refer this procedure to oral surgeons, but we prefer to treat our patients ourselves.
Many patients take comfort in knowing that the same dentists they see for routine care are able to see them through the end of this process.
We also encourage you to ask questions at any time. This applies to wisdom teeth extraction and any other service that we provide.
We are happy to explain the different sedation options that we offer, so you can decide if you want to be sedated and what kind of sedation you prefer to receive.
While wisdom teeth may be the most frequent teeth that we remove, other teeth may need to be extracted as well.
Again, we are able to perform many of these procedures in our office. You may have a tooth that has become so infected that it cannot be saved. You may have a tooth that would interfere with orthodontic treatment.
Whatever the reason, we are happy to do whatever is best for your oral health.
A Wise Decision
Wisdom teeth get this nickname because they erupt when we are a little older and presumably wiser. Parkway Dental can advise you on whether your wisdom teeth should stay or go. If they do need to be removed, just know that we can perform the procedure at our Snellville, GA, dentist office.