At Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery®, we know that many fear having their wisdom teeth removed. As we are committed to offering patients a comfortable, painless wisdom tooth extraction, we use the newest technology, our extensive skills and years of experience to keep the procedure as pleasant as possible.
What Are Wisdom Teeth and Why Are They Removed?
Wisdom teeth develop in the early twenties or late teens and are a third set of molars. When they are properly aligned and healthy, they can be an asset to the mouth but more often than not, they require removal. Some are positioned horizontally or angled inward or outward, which can crowd the jawbone, nerves and adjacent teeth. Others simply don’t fit in your mouth, as the jaw rarely has room for a third set of molars.
Some wisdom teeth only break through part of the gums and are referred to as impacted. Through this small hole in the gums, bacteria can get to the tooth and cause swelling, pain and jaw stiffness from infection. Impacted wisdom teeth are almost always removed, because they can also lead to:
- Tooth decay in the partially erupted tooth
- Damage to the surrounding bone or nearby teeth
- Food or debris trapped behind the tooth
- Orthodontic treatment complications
- Development of a cyst by the tooth
A wisdom teeth extraction in Rochester MI ensures that the mouth can align properly, and you can avoid serious dental and oral health problems in the future, such as gum disease and tooth decay.
Because you will be undergoing anesthesia during the wisdom tooth extraction, you will need someone to take you home. You will be given local, sedation and/or general anesthesia during the procedure so you can enjoy a comfortable, pain-less procedure.
At Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery®, we are happy to answer any questions you have about your wisdom teeth and identify potential or present problems. Call our wisdom tooth extraction clinics today or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment.