Hearing that you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted may seem like bad news; however, it is very common for wisdom teeth to be removed and there are a number of reasons why this is best for your oral health. Your family dentist in Keller explains everything you need to know about wisdom teeth and how we make the extraction process easy and stress-free.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars because they are the last set of molars to arrive around the age of 15 to 25 years old. They come in at the very back of your mouth behind your second set of molars. Most people have 4 wisdom teeth, 2 on their top arch and 2 on their lower; however, some people may not have all 4.
Why Should Wisdom Teeth be removed?
In some cases, if wisdom teeth come in at a proper angle and can be reached to brush and floss, they may not need to be extracted, but this is rare.
Most third molars are hard to keep clean because their location makes it difficult to brush and floss properly. This can increase your risk of developing cavities or gum disease.
Some wisdom teeth arrive at odd angles, which could be harmful to neighboring teeth. Others remain impacted, or stuck beneath the gum line, which can result in an infection.
Most people don’t have enough room in their mouths to support wisdom teeth, and if this is the case, they may begin to crowd other teeth causing them to shift.
For these various reasons, it is best that wisdom teeth be extracted.
What is the Process Like?
Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how smooth the extraction process can be. Your comfort is a top priority and dental anesthetics are used to ensure that you don’t feel anything throughout your procedure. Your dentist will be there to support you during your recovery process as well.
Can I Wait to Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
If your diagnosis is to extract your wisdom teeth, it’s best to remove them in a timely manner in order to avoid an infection, crowding, or other damage to your teeth. Delaying treatment could lead to bigger problems and you may require other procedures in order to maintain your oral health.
To learn more about wisdom teeth and having them extracted, contact your dentist in Keller today.
About Distinguished Dental
If you’re tired of feeling like just another number at your dental office and you are looking for personalized dentistry that is tailored to your needs, look no further than Distinguished Dental in Keller, TX. Dr. Sheri McIntosh and her team provide an exceptional experience to every patient each time they visit the office and extractions are no exception.
If you would like to contact Distinguished Dental, Dr. McIntosh can be reached by calling 817-337-8300 or through her website.