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Get Wise About Wisdom Teeth Extractions

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If you have symptoms indicating an impacted wisdom tooth, putting off a visit to an affordable dentist is never wise. Waiting too long could make treatment more costly and cause you physical pain or even serious complications. Impacted wisdom teeth are the third molars that are trapped inside your jaw and can’t fully emerge. Only wisdom teeth extractions can effectively resolve the problem. After examining your teeth and taking x-rays, your dentist can determine the position of the teeth, evaluate your risk of infection and other problems, and determine whether dental extractions are needed.

The following information can help you understand the importance of addressing problems with your wisdom teeth.

Causes of Impaction

Some researchers believe that wisdom teeth are remnants from our ancient ancestors and that modern eating habits have made them obsolete. Because our ancestors had larger jawbones, their third molars came in with no problem. Our modern bone structure makes it more difficult; there’s simply not enough room for wisdom teeth in the oral cavity.

4 Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

  1. Seeing a third molar emerging through gum tissue
  2. Gum swelling, recession, and bleeding
  3. Localized pain and sensations of pressure
  4. Bad breath

Treatment for Impacted Wisdom Teeth

While some wisdom teeth emerge normally and no treatment is needed, impacted teeth can cause periodontitis, cysts, tumors, and serious infections that can spread to the bone, neck, and surrounding areas. They can also cause other teeth to shift. An impacted tooth can even increase your risk of cavities. Having your wisdom teeth treated can prevent complications and improve your overall oral health.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Often, dental extractions are the only solution for dealing with impacted wisdom teeth, especially if infection or severe pain is present. Putting off extraction can increase the risk of complications and make recovery time longer. Dental extractions are usually simple; it takes about an hour and only requires local anesthesia and a few days of recovery time. An affordable dentist or oral surgeon will prescribe pain medicines and antibiotics if needed, and you may need to eat a soft diet for a week or so after the procedure. The following tips can make recovery from dental extractions easier.

  • Gargle with warm, salty water
  • Brush your teeth normally, but avoid the extraction site
  • Rest as much as possible after the procedure
  • Avoid drinking from a straw

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Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in St. Clair Shores. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores.

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