Great Lakes Dental Care’s practice in Grand Rapids has helped hundreds of patients deal with the frustration, pain and uncertainty surrounding whether or not to remove their wisdom teeth.
While wisdom teeth can be a valuable asset to your mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned, problems may develop that require their removal. Our professional and knowledgeable dental professionals will work with you to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
Wisdom teeth are the last molars, also referred to as third molars, which develop on each side of your jaw. These teeth usually emerge in the back of your mouth between the ages of 16-20. When the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate your wisdom teeth, they can become impacted (unable to come in or misaligned). Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
A wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. The dentist will numb the area in your mouth with a local anesthesia or sedation so you are asleep during the procedure. After your tooth (or teeth) is removed, you may be asked to bite down softly on a piece of gauze for 30 to 45 minutes after you leave the office to limit any bleeding that may occur. Patients may experience some pain and swelling which will normally subside after a few days.
However, patients should call our Grand Rapids family dental office if you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever.
If you have further questions about yours or your child’s wisdom teeth, please contact Great Lakes Dental Care today or call us at 616.784.6300.