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When Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Anyone who has experienced wisdom tooth extraction knows that it’s not exactly something you look forward to. However, when compared to the pain that results from wisdom teeth that have been left in too long and are causing a serious crowding problem, extraction is a walk in the park. At Southfield Family Dental Center, we are experts in removing wisdom teeth in a safe and effective way while taking steps to reduce the discomfort that is often associated with the process. Over the years, we have found that patients sometimes forego wisdom tooth extraction until they experience intense pain. When your dentist tells you that your wisdom teeth should be removed, it’s important to trust his or her judgement and schedule the procedure with a dental surgeon.

Sometimes patients are surprised to learn that they have a problem with their wisdom teeth, especially in cases where the tooth is below the gum line and invisible without an x-ray image. Dentists can determine, based on x-rays, whether a wisdom tooth will cause a problem for the patient, and in these cases, they will likely recommend extraction.

Wisdom teeth are prone to coming in at awkward angles, which can alter your bite, and they frequently crowd surrounding teeth, resulting in discomfort from the constant pressure on other molars. Believe it or not, wisdom teeth that are not pulled out can even negatively impact other teeth in the front of the mouth and significantly alter your smile.

Simply put, when it comes to your wisdom teeth, listen to your dentist. On rare occasions, there is enough room in the back of the jaw where wisdom teeth can grow and function just like other molars. Even in these instances, a dentist might suggest extraction because it can be difficult to properly brush teeth located in this hard to reach spot.

Some dentists refer patients to oral surgeons for wisdom teeth removal, but at Southfield Family Dental Center, our dental surgeons are highly skilled at removing wisdom teeth in a manner that minimizes pain and discomfort. If you have learned that your wisdom teeth should come out, it’s important to have a highly experienced dentist perform this procedure, so request an appointment with us today!

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