Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth tend to appear after adolescence (when a person is more “wise”, thus the name “wisdom teeth”). Their emergence can be painful as well as damaging to tooth alignment if they’re allowed to come in fully. In fact, 85% of wisdom teeth negatively affect oral health and have to be removed.

Part of our approach to your family’s ongoing dental healthcare plan will include the monitoring and removal of wisdom teeth. Typically, the earlier we can notice and remove wisdom teeth, the better — early removal can prevent damage to neighboring healthy teeth, bone, gum tissue, nerves, and blood vessels.

Impacted wisdom tooth needing extractionThe two chief issues with wisdom teeth are poor alignment and impaction. Wisdom teeth can erupt (grow in) at an angle, pushing on nearby straight teeth and altering their alignment. Sometimes the wisdom teeth become impacted: they completely develop, but they don’t erupt, remaining completely encased in the jaw’s soft tissue, or they only partially erupt, creating a passageway for bacteria to get into the soft tissue.

Some have the fortune of avoiding problems with wisdom teeth altogether, but in the worst cases, gum infections, jawbone cysts, and bone loss can occur. Therefore, our providers most often err on the side of caution and recommend having them removed.

At Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry, we offer a multitude of comfortable options that make the removal of your wisdom teeth a calm and relaxing experience. Our experts remove the teeth skillfully and gently, and then they provide medications and follow-up information that that assure a speedy, easy, pain-free recovery.

FAQ

Does everyone need to get their wisdom teeth removed?
Some have the fortune of avoiding problems such as impacted wisdom teeth altogether, but in the worst cases, gum infections, jawbone cysts, and bone loss can occur. Therefore, Dr. Daniel S. Smith, DDS and Dr. Gregory J. Wetterhus, DDS often recommend wisdom teeth removal.
At what age should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
Though there is no “right” age to have your wisdom teeth removed, the surgery and healing from it are much easier at a younger age. Wisdom teeth extraction is typically recommended between the ages of 12 and 25. Removal may become necessary if Dr. Daniel S. Smith, DDS or Dr. Gregory J. Wetterhus, DDS sees potential for complications should the teeth begin to grow in.
Is wisdom teeth removal painful?
At Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry, we offer a multitude of comfortable options that make the removal of your wisdom teeth a calm and relaxing experience. Dr. Daniel S. Smith, DDS or Dr. Gregory J. Wetterhus, DDS will remove the teeth skillfully and gently, then provide medications and follow-up information that ensure a speedy, easy, pain-free recovery.
To find out more about wisdom teeth removal or to talk to one of our dental experts in Puyallup, WA call 253.200.5427.