Wisdom Teeth Extraction:
A routine precautionary measure to preserve your oral health
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Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Most people have their wisdom teeth extracted in their late teens or early adulthood. At Zoma Dental in West Bloomfield Township, we offer wisdom teeth extraction as a routine precautionary measure to preserve your oral health, and also perform emergency extractions as needed to protect your teeth from damage.
Problems Caused by Wisdom Teeth
There was a time when everyone needed their third molars to help them manage their diet of chewy meats and plants. But humans have evolved, and we no longer require these extra teeth to manage a meal. As a result, our mouths have changed too, and they do not allow enough room for wisdom teeth to form and settle in permanently.
Most people have their wisdom teeth extraction completed around the time of orthodontic treatment or shortly thereafter, or on the recommendation of their dentist when they reach a certain age. It’s wise to take your dentist’s advice and have these teeth removed in a timely manner so they do not have the opportunity to erupt or become impacted and cause oral health problems.
Opting not to get your wisdom teeth removed can lead to serious problems, including:
- Extreme pain
- Tooth damage
- Tooth decay
How Wisdom Teeth Extraction Is Done
Wisdom teeth extraction is a routine procedure done under anesthesia, usually at your dentist’s office, an outpatient clinic, or the hospital. Location will depend on your dentist’s preferences and the complexity of your case.
- Incision: An incision is made in the gum to expose both the tooth and the bone, even if the tooth is already starting to erupt.
- Extraction: The teeth and their roots are extracted in pieces until each tooth and its structure are fully removed.
- Cleaning: All debris created by the extraction is carefully cleaned out of the tooth socket to ensure that nothing is left behind.
- Stitching: The surgical area is stitched shut and gauze is used to staunch the bleeding and promote the development of a blood clot.
- Recovery: Anyone who has their wisdom teeth extracted must be escorted home from the appointment because they will be recovering from anesthesia. Detailed instructions about how to care for and clean the surgical areas, manage pain, and eat will be provided.
- Healing: There will be a brief period of downtime after extraction when school, work, sports, and the like must be put on hold. Your dentist will let you know when you can resume normal activities.
Fast Facts About Wisdom Teeth
Ideally, you will have your wisdom teeth removed when recommended, long before they have the chance to wreak havoc on your oral health. Opting to keep the teeth and hoping they won’t cause problems can result in disaster. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- There is no room for wisdom teeth. If they break through the gum they’ll do so at an angle, causing pain and scraping nearby molars.
- Problematic wisdom teeth are always impacted. If a tooth erupts it is partially impacted, and if it stays hidden it is impacted. Either way, the movement of the tooth causes pain and discomfort and will lead to bigger oral health problems.
- Act quickly. Don’t drag your feet about getting your wisdom teeth dealt with. Contact Zoma Dental immediately if you suspect a complication so extraction can be quickly scheduled.
Cost of Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Because wisdom teeth extraction is routine, you can expect your dentist to be able to provide you with a base price for the procedure. There are always factors, of course, that will affect the final cost, including:
- Complexity of the procedure
- Length of the surgery
- Type and amount of anesthesia needed
- Number of teeth removed
- Whether a routine or emergency extraction