For many patients, wisdom teeth usually have to be removed. However, removal of the wisdom teeth is usually a more complicated procedure than the extraction of other teeth. Dr. Michael Wilhite has completed additional training at the University of Minnesota and can remove your wisdom teeth in Davidson, North Carolina, using IV sedation to keep you comfortable. If the time has come for your wisdom teeth to be removed or if you would like to schedule a consultation for your child, please call Davidson Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at 704-987-2277 today. Our dentist can examine your wisdom teeth and provide guidance or recommendations.
The wisdom teeth are the third set of molars to erupt in the mouth, but the other teeth usually take up so much space already that there is simply not enough room for the wisdom teeth to come in properly. For that reason, wisdom teeth are frequently impacted or come in at bad angles, creating problems for your other teeth or significant discomfort for you.
Common problems that may occur due to improper wisdom teeth eruption include:
- Shifts in the alignment of your other teeth
- Damage to the nearby teeth
- Tooth decay, infection and inflammation
- Cyst development
- Jawbone damage
Even if you are not yet experiencing any of the problems above, our dentist may suggest that your wisdom teeth be removed as a preventive measure to keep your smile and mouth healthy. During a consultation, we will examine the position of your wisdom teeth and how they are erupting. If we determine that your wisdom teeth may pose a damage to your teeth in the future or that they are already causing problems, we will create a treatment plan and go over the details with you before the procedure is completed. We will also discuss the possibility of using IV sedation so that you can stay comfortable and relaxed during the extraction. After the procedure is complete, we will give you instructions for improving your recovery time and healing at home.
We recommend that you schedule a consultation for your child’s wisdom teeth removal when they are 17 years old. Anticipating problems and scheduling a removal early can help them avoid discomfort, problems and more costly procedures later. If you would like to learn more about wisdom teeth removal or schedule a consultation, give our office a call today!