Having your wisdom teeth removed is practically a rite of passage, but you might wait to see if you actually need to have the procedure done. Dr. Mohlman at A Family Dental Center specializes in wisdom tooth extraction and is here to help you decide whether you’re a candidate for the procedure as well as reasons to consider it.
Getting Ahead of Oral Problems
Depending on your situation, there’s a chance the teeth in the back of your mouth are either partially erupted or haven’t erupted at all, both of which can lead to unnecessary issues. For instance, if your back molars only partially emerge from your mouth, they can lead to an infection. If you have a wisdom tooth that doesn’t emerge from your gums at all, there’s a possibility a cyst will develop that can harm the tissues of your gums and bone.
Besides incomplete eruption, we also recommend tooth extraction if a wisdom tooth comes in crooked, which can act like a falling domino throwing off the alignment of your other teeth. Wisdom teeth can also decay in your mouth over time, which is sure to lead to discomfort and a potential infection in your mouth.
No matter your reason for an extraction, know that Dr. Mohlman and the rest of us will do everything to take excellent care of you and your mouth. We’ll sit you down and explain the procedure and answer any questions you might have. The day of the extraction, you’ll be given a local or general anesthesia, depending on the state of your molars as well as your preferences. The condition of your teeth also determines how long the extraction takes, some pop right out while others might need a bit more work. Afterward, we’ll give you a breakdown of how to take care of your sockets and the rest of your mouth. Know that it can take a few months before your mouth has fully healed.
To learn more about extractions, don’t hesitate to contact us in Kennewick, WA. We’re here to help you bring out the best in your smile and oral health!
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