Wisdom teeth extraction, or removal, is among the most common and safest oral surgeries performed in the US. Although wisdom teeth are a natural development, they do not always fit in your mouth, and they can cause problems, not just for your other teeth, but for your overall health. Removal of wisdom teeth is often recommended as a preventive procedure before we know about the negative consequences, but it’s also possible to wait and see what develops.
If you need a wisdom tooth extraction in the Columbus, OH area, at the Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our oral surgeon can provide you with the specialized care you need. We can evaluate your wisdom teeth and let you know if extraction is necessary in your case. Please call
When Wisdom Teeth Extraction Is Recommended
Not everyone has to have their wisdom teeth removed, but it is commonly recommended for a number of reasons, including:
- Crowding: Your mouth may not be big enough for wisdom teeth. This can lead to crooked teeth in the front of the mouth that may require orthodontics to correct.
- Impaction: One or more wisdom teeth hit other teeth as they come in. They may emerge partly or not at all, and can damage neighboring teeth.
- Hygiene: Wisdom teeth can be hard to clean. Cavities and gum disease then develop around the wisdom teeth and neighboring teeth.
- Protecting Prior Orthodontic Treatment: Adolescents may benefit from wisdom teeth extraction to prevent relapse of orthodontic problems once wisdom teeth erupt.
It’s often easy to predict when your wisdom teeth will become problematic long before the teeth are mature and emerge. In this case, we might recommend early extraction. This is beneficial because the root of the wisdom tooth hasn’t fully formed yet, which means the wisdom teeth extraction process will be less involved, making for an easier procedure and an easier recovery.
Don’t Fear Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Removal of wisdom teeth is a procedure that can make many people avoid the dentist, but it’s really not as bad as it’s feared. During the procedure, you won’t experience any discomfort. We can use your choice of approaches to ensure this. After the procedure, with prescription pain medication, you will experience minor to moderate discomfort for a few days. It’s common to schedule an extraction on Friday and be ready to return to work or school on Monday.
On the other hand, leaving wisdom teeth in can lead to significant discomfort. An infected wisdom tooth can be very painful, leading to the formation of a cyst around the tooth. Infection can spread to the jaw and sinuses and lead to more serious problems.
Why Choose the Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
At the Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we strive to ensure that every patient receives the best possible care. Wisdom teeth extraction is a procedure that benefits from the attention of a specialist, and that’s why we have a board-certified oral surgeon to perform wisdom tooth removal.
It’s part of our attention to detail that makes the Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry a good dental home for you and your family.