Wisdom teeth are molars that grow in much later than the rest of your adult teeth. Unfortunately, they often cause complications and must be removed. At Bander Dental Group, our Grand Rapids dentists can tell you if yours need to be extracted.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
There are a number of reasons why, including:
- Overcrowding: When wisdom teeth grow in, they can cause your other teeth to shift. This could result in overcrowding or a change in the alignment of your bite.
- Impacting: Sometimes a wisdom tooth cannot fully grow in because it is blocked, or impacted, by another tooth. This can cause pain, infection, and other serious oral issues.
- Tooth decay: If a wisdom tooth does not come in properly, it becomes easy for bacteria to get trapped.
Our dentists can let you know whether your wisdom teeth are likely to cause any issues for you down the line. You can then choose how you would like to proceed.
Extraction & Recovery
Depending on which form of sedation our dentists suggest, you may need to be driven home after your oral surgery, you’ll want to eat soft foods and avoid brushing the area. Throughout the recovery process, avoid using straws or smoking cigarettes, as these will prevent the sutures from healing properly.. For the first 24 hours after your
recovery time varies from patient to patient, but you will likely experience some swelling and discomfort in the first few days. Our oral surgery dentists will talk to you about your pain management options. If you encounter any symptoms such as fever or severe bleeding, call our office right away.
For wisdom teeth removal, count on the Grand Rapids, MI, oral surgery dentists at Bander Dental Group! Our team has experience with dental extractions and we’ll be happy to walk you through the process. Set up an appointment by giving our office a call at (616) 949-5980 today.
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The video below will help give you a better comprehensive understanding of wisdom tooth removal.