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Most individuals have the majority of their permanent teeth by age 12 or 13. The last teeth to erupt are the wisdom teeth. These are the last four molars located farthest back in your mouth. Wisdom teeth are notorious for causing problems. With regular dental checkups, your dentist can monitor their development. If necessary, they can be extracted before they cause pain and discomfort.

Wisdom teeth generally begin to erupt in the late teens or early twenties. Some individuals are fortunate enough to have them come in with few or no problems. Most people have one or more removed due to complications with development or eruption.

It is not uncommon for a wisdom tooth to grow under the adjacent tooth, pushing against it and irritating the nerve. A wisdom tooth can partially erupt, leaving a flap of gum tissue over part of the tooth. This is not only irritating, but it can also be painful. Gum flaps are often food traps leading to decay and/or gum disease.

Pain Relief with Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth often present with pain. Removal eliminates the pain and the occurrence of more severe problems in the future. If you are not experiencing pain or irritation from your wisdom teeth, your dentist can let you know if extraction is not needed.

Any extraction of a tooth is considered minor surgery. Your dentist will advise you on the most effective treatment. If the molar adjacent is missing and the wisdom tooth is erupting properly, your dentist may advise against removing it. Your dentist may recommend that you only have two wisdom teeth removed at one sitting. Some individuals prefer to have all four wisdom teeth removed at the same appointment. Depending on the tooth, its position and root structure, this may or may not be possible.

It is important that you follow all aftercare procedures as advised by your dentist. Taking care of the extraction site is vital in order to minimize complications. If you have questions regarding your home care, be sure to ask your dentist.

For gentle, efficient wisdom tooth removal, contact Mint Dental. Make your appointment today.

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Happy National Dentist Day. Antoinette Liles, DMD performing dental checkup.
Antoinette Liles, DMD in the treatment room.
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