Our Grand Rapids dentists can help you determine whether or not to remove your child’s.
While wisdom teeth can be a valuable asset to your mouth when healthy and properly positioned,should almost always be removed. Our dentists will work with you to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last molars, also referred to as third molars, which develop on each side of your jaw. These teeth usually emerge in the back of your mouth between the ages of 16 and 20.
Why Wisdom Teeth Often Need To Be Removed
When the jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate your wisdom teeth, they become impacted (misaligned or unable to come in). Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only partially through the gum, or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
A wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. Our dentists will numb the area in your mouth with a local anesthesia or sedation so you are asleep during the procedure.
After your teeth are removed, you may be asked to bite down softly on a piece of gauze for 30 to 45 minutes after you leave the office. This limits the amount of bleeding that may occur. Patients may experience some pain and swelling which will normally subside after a few days.
Our Grand Rapids, MI, wisdom teeth removal dentists can remove impacted wisdom teeth to protect your oral health. To learn more, call Lake Michigan Dental today at (616) 453-8211, or contact us online.