Wisdom teeth are the final four molars tucked away in the back of the gums that are significantly bigger than the rest of your teeth, and they can cause dental problems for some people. The popular understanding is that wisdom teeth are called “wisdom teeth” because they tend to emerge at the age when teens and young adults are reaching maturity, anywhere from age 16 to 25.
Some people are born without wisdom teeth and need not worry about complications. Others have wisdom teeth that grow normally into the mouth without causing issues. Still others have wisdom teeth that stay “dormant” and never grow in. Meanwhile, there are many with wisdom teeth that have the potential to cause a lot of issues when they do start growing.
What Happens If I Don’t Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth become problematic when they don’t grow in properly. Other adult teeth can become overcrowded and misaligned as wisdom teeth push in. Moreover, for some people, wisdom teeth are not oriented upward like other teeth; sometimes they grow at unusual angles, downward painfully into the jaw, sideways into the roots of other teeth, or even outward toward the cheeks like tusks! When these types of wisdom teeth start growing, it is paramount to remove them quickly so that they do not cause severe problems or pain, especially since wisdom teeth that grow at odd angles can plow into sensitive tissues and nerves.
Better Way Dental can assess whether your wisdom teeth pose a problem through X-rays and scans, and we offer speedy wisdom teeth removal here in our office in Snoqualmie, Washington.
What is the Procedure for Removing Wisdom Teeth?
Some people elect to have fully erupted wisdom teeth removed, oftentimes for orthodontic reasons to prevent overcrowding. In these cases, wisdom tooth removal is similar to a regular tooth extraction: a minimally invasive procedure during which the dentist removes the tooth with special tools and sutures the socket. For wisdom teeth still embedded in the gums, the procedure is different. Removing unerupted wisdom teeth is more invasive, as the dentist must access the teeth through the gums, remove them, and patch the incision. Patients are usually anesthetized for either type of wisdom teeth removal, and although there are differences in the recovery process, the objective is the same: remove the wisdom teeth and prevent further problems.
Wisdom Teeth Removal By Better Way Dental
Many dental practices, though they can identify issues with wisdom teeth, are not equipped to extract wisdom teeth and must refer patients to other specialists like maxillofacial surgeons. But Better Way Dental can identify and remove—all in our office located in Snoqualmie, Washington, and serving the Snoqualmie, Tokul, and North Bend areas. Dr. Zhu is an experienced dentist who specializes in wisdom teeth removal and can help you resolve wisdom teeth issues within a few short visits. Reach out to us today by calling (425) 292-9230 or filling out an electronic form on our Contact Page. Come experience a Better Way of doing dentistry. We look forward to meeting you!