At North Oaks Dental, we are here to keep you smiling through every stage of life. That’s why we’ll be monitoring your teen’s wisdom teeth closely to determine if/when proactive removal is the best bet. The nice thing about modern dentistry is that if there is ever any question about whether wisdom teeth are coming in correctly, we use advanced technology like intraoral cameras and 3D X-ray imaging to check them out in a way that would have been impossible in earlier eras of dental practice. Keep reading to hear more about it, and then give us a call at [phone} to request your tooth removal consultation appointment.
Why Wisdom Teeth Are Problematic
Why would we want to take teeth out? It seems counterintuitive. However, in some cases an extraction is the best thing you can do for your oral health.
For example, when teeth are too crowded already, that eruption of wisdom teeth can create real problems. Because they come in so much later than other teeth, there often just isn’t enough space for wisdom teeth, which can adversely impact surrounding teeth, the jawbone, and even the nerves. Crooked wisdom teeth can wreak dental havoc as well. Plus, these teeth are often positioned so far back in the mouth that it’s tough to keep them clean.
Another thing we look for is teeth that are impacted. If they don’t come completely through the gums, they can make it easier for bacteria to get in between teeth and gums. This can cause gum disease and other problems. Gum disease will eventually lead to tooth loss but you won’t be in control of the situation once that happens.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Is Easy
Removing wisdom teeth isn’t much different from other types of extractions. We use our 3D imaging and other technology to carefully plan the extraction. Using this tool reveals the exact location of the teeth and makes us acutely aware of any possible complications before the procedure begins to unfold.
We will use local anesthesia but can also take the relaxation further with dental sedation. Unlike most general dentists, we offer a choice of three different kinds: inhaled sedation given through a small mask allows for some distracting euphoria; oral sedation in the form of a pill taken before the procedure provides a deeper level of relaxation; IV sedation administered intravenously keeps the patient in a dreamlike state throughout with little memory of the procedure afterward.
While some post-op pain is to be expected, it’s usually a minor ache. If the pain sharpens or the area becomes more sensitive, let us know. We’ll make sure that there is no “dry socket” for your teen to deal with.
Call Now For An Easy Extraction!
We hope you have been inspired to call North Oaks Dental in Royal Oak, MI today at 248-712-1522 or contact us online to schedule that wisdom teeth removal consultation appointment. Our team has plenty of experience in this area and we promise to make it easy for you and your teen.