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Cosmetic Dentistry for Wilmette, Illinois, and Chicago's North Shore Wisdom Teeth & General Extractions

Wisdom Teeth & General Extractions

It is extremely important to Dr. Mantis that you understand exactly what is involved when it comes to the extraction of you or your child’s wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth are extracted for two general reasons: either the wisdom teeth have already become impacted, or the wisdom teeth could potentially become problematic if not extracted.

What are impacted wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth are the third molars, the last teeth to erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth are unable to erupt. They may have grown in at an awkward angle or are blocked by another tooth or even your jawbone. Over time, your impacted tooth could cause problems such as decay, damage to other teeth or pain.

Wisdom teeth appear between the ages of 17 and 21. However, they may begin causing problems years earlier. There is not always enough room at the back of your jaw for your wisdom teeth, this can lead to inflammation, pain and difficulty opening your jaw.

Potential problems caused by the presence of properly grown-in wisdom teeth include infections caused by food particles easily trapped in the jaw area behind the wisdom teeth where regular brushing and flossing is difficult and ineffective. Such infections may be frequent, and can cause considerable pain and medical danger.

Another reason to have a wisdom tooth removed is if the tooth has grown in improperly, causing the tongue to brush up against it.

Dr. Mantis will always suggest saving a tooth whenever possible. Other than wisdom teeth, you may have other problematic teeth that have decay, have been traumatized or need to be extracted to make room for other crowded teeth.

There are ways to save your original teeth from extraction and we suggest that you speak with Dr. Mantis before you decide which course of action is best for you.

Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not need to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is 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. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt. Impacted teeth can cause many problems such as infection, moving other teeth and disrupting the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth, or even cause tumors or cysts. Removal of the impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid future problems and decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

Dr. Mantis is experienced in oral surgery and wisdom tooth extractions. He will ensure that you are comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure. Pain medication and/or antibiotics may be prescribed after the procedures to ensure that your soreness is controlled and no infections may arise. We recommend resting after the procedure and will schedule a follow up evaluation with Dr. Mantis one week later.

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