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Wisdom Teeth

For many teenagers and young adults, wisdom teeth may be their first experience with tooth extraction, even after having a lifetime of good dental checkups and good teeth. That’s because wisdom teeth, which are called that because they usually appear during the late teens or around college age, are the last back teeth to come in, and despite nature’s generally good design planning, they often can’t fit.

Contrary to popular belief, everyone does not necessarily have to have their wisdom teeth removed. If they come in correctly and do not cause problems or negatively affect the other teeth, they can be left alone and remain with a person for their entire life. We have three sets of back teeth or molars. Being the last set to come in, wisdom teeth are often unable to fit properly due to crowding, and then they sometimes force their way in, often with bad results. They can push other teeth out of position, come it at an odd angle or even come in horizontally. Sometimes they fail to come in at all, which means they become impacted or trapped under the gums. Situations like this need to be solved, and the best way is to extract the wisdom teeth.

“I was worried about my wisdom teeth extractions, but after coming to Dr. Abel and his staff, my anxiety was eased. The procedure went smoothly and I was back to work the next day even. This is dental care at its best.”

Wisdom tooth extraction has an undeserved reputation for being complicated or painful. This is largely due to the fact that when a dentist extracts wisdom teeth, the procedure is more involved than a simple extraction; a term that is usually used for the extraction of front teeth. The difference is that the molars have more complex root systems. Sometimes wisdom teeth have to be removed in pieces, and when they are impacted, they must be removed from under the gums. That is why extraction of wisdom teeth and other molars is done under general anesthesia. But because of this, the procedure is painless.

The decision of whether or not to have your wisdom teeth removed can ultimately be made only by you, with guidance from your dentist. Sometimes it is recommended that normal wisdom teeth be removed in order to prevent the possibility of them needing to be removed later. One thing to consider is that younger people generally recover more quickly from dental extractions than older people. But that doesn’t mean that “just in case” removal of wisdom teeth is always the right choice. An exam and discussion of your wisdom teeth and overall dental health can help you decide with your dentist if wisdom teeth extraction is a good option for you.

If you would like to learn more about wisdom teeth or other dental health issues, or if you would like to set up an appointment with one of our dentists, call Centreville Dental Wellness Center now.

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