The average adult has 16 teeth on top and 16 on the bottom by the time they are 18. All 32 teeth have their own specific function and name. The front teeth are used for biting and grasping food and the back teeth, or molars, are used to grind food into a substance that the body can swallow. Because the average mouth is designed to hold only 28 teeth, those four extra teeth can create pain and problems when they decide to come in. These teeth are the third set of molars and are called wisdom teeth.
Do My Wisdom Teeth Have to Be Removed?
If your wisdom teeth come through the gums and aligned with the rest of the teeth healthily, then you may be able to keep them. It’s more likely that the wisdom teeth are unable to properly erupt from the gums, they grow sideways or stay trapped under the bone and gums. That’s when a wisdom tooth extraction procedure in Grosse Pointe MI is necessary.
If the wisdom teeth remain in the mouth in these situations, they can cause infection, as the bacteria has an opening in the gums directly to the teeth. This leads to stiffness, illness, swelling and pain. As the teeth try to erupt through the gums, they may also move the existing teeth and disrupt the natural or orthodontic alignment of your teeth. In the worst-case scenario, cysts and tumors can form around impacted wisdom teeth and destroy the healthy teeth and the jawbone.
A Safe, Pain-Free Extraction
At Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery®, we have the experience and the tools necessary to perform a wisdom tooth extraction procedure with minimal recovery time and pain. We’ll give you the knowledge necessary to prepare and minimize risks and ensure you are comfortable. Contact us at one of our wisdom teeth extraction clinics today to schedule an appointment. You can also request an appointment online here.