Wisdom Tooth Extraction Puyallup, WA
Treat impacted molars with a wisdom tooth extraction
Why should your wisdom teeth be removed? When wisdom teeth align properly and the gum tissue is healthy, a wisdom tooth extraction is not necessary. However, this does not generally happen.
Reason for a wisdom tooth extraction
Below are several reasons why the experienced dentists at Willow Smiles Dentistry recommend wisdom teeth removal for some patients.
Not enough room
The average mouth is designed to hold only 28 teeth. The four wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are additional teeth which are the last to erupt in the mouth. It can be painful when 32 teeth attempt to fit in a space made for just 28, so wisdom tooth removal may be advised.
Wisdom teeth removal may also be necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
Poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection which results in swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth.
Tumors or cysts
The most serious need for wisdom teeth removal is when tumors or cysts form around impacted wisdom teeth and destroy the jawbone and other healthy teeth. Removal of the impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these issues. Early removal can also avoid future problems and decrease surgical risk involved with the wisdom teeth removal procedure.
Oral Evaluation for Wisdom Tooth Extraction
At Willow Smiles Dentistry, we will conduct a thorough oral examination of your mouth and take X-rays to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for patients.
All outpatient surgery in our clinic is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Our dentists have the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.