Salem Wisdom Tooth Removal

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What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth (known as the third molars) grow in the back of your mouth and are the last ones to come through, usually between the ages of 18 to 25. In some cases, there’s no need to remove these teeth, but in others, they can lead to complications, which is why your dentists may advise you to have them removed. If you are looking for wisdom tooth removal in Salem, our dentists can help you!

Do you need to get your wisdom teeth extracted?

There are several signs that your dentist will search for before recommending a wisdom tooth extraction:

Pain. Wisdom teeth that have partially emerged can lead to bacterial infection. This may also produce swelling and stiffness.

Decay. Wisdom teeth can grow crooked, making them difficult to clean properly. This allows bacteria to grow and cause cavities.

Crowding. When there’s not enough room for wisdom teeth to come through, they can crowd or damage the surrounding teeth.

If your wisdom teeth are starting to emerge or are completely out, you may want to have them extracted to avoid potential issues. Most patients experience some kind of complication once they start growing.

However, if they aren’t causing you any inconvenience, it’s not a bad idea to just wait. Just ask your dentist at your next appointment.

Talking to your dentist about wisdom teeth

Whether you’re an adult with wisdom teeth or the parent of a teenager who’s starting to feel pain from wisdom teeth, our team of highly qualified dentists can help.

We’ll start by evaluating your wisdom teeth and how they’re impacting your wellbeing. Then we’ll discuss your options so you can decide whether or not you’ll have your wisdom teeth extracted.

How will my dentist remove my wisdom teeth?

One of our dentists will explain everything to you before the extraction. They’ll take x-rays or other dental exams in advance to see how your wisdom teeth are located.

We’ll perform this procedure under local anesthetic, so it is relatively painless. However, you may feel some pressure during the process, which is normal.

Depending on your case, your dentist may need to make a small incision in your gum to expose and remove the tooth. The removal may take about 20 to 45 minutes. We’ll ensure your comfort throughout the entire procedure.

What happens if I don’t get my wisdom teeth removed?

While not all patients need to get their wisdom teeth removed, keeping these teeth can often lead to complications. One of the most common is overcrowding. Many patients don’t have enough space in their mouths, so when wisdom teeth emerge, they start pushing the others. This makes them move or overlap.

Will I develop cavities if I don’t get my wisdom teeth removed?

In cases where there’s no room for wisdom teeth, they can become impacted. This means they get trapped in the gum or bone.

An impacted wisdom tooth can be more prone to develop a cavity since it’s more possible for food to get trapped in it.

Are wisdom teeth harder to remove than other teeth?

If wisdom teeth are in a crooked position or impacted, your dentist may need more time and expertise to properly remove them.

Additionally, the roots are also different in each case. If they have irregular shapes, this can make wisdom teeth more difficult to remove.

Should teenagers have their wisdom teeth removed?

Usually is better to get your wisdom tooth removed at a young age (as soon as they start coming out) since teens tend to recover faster than adults. This way, you can also prevent possible complications. However, each case is different. We’ll evaluate your unique situation and provide a custom-tailored recommendation.

Financing & Payment Options

We offer CareCredit and discount plans through Principal and Carrington. Our office can also arrange payment plans with automatic withdrawals from your bank account.

Whether you have dental insurance or not, we’ll help you get the general dentistry treatments you want and need at a price you can afford. 

Become a patient at Healthy Smiles Family Dental

A healthier you starts right here. We’re looking forward to meeting you and your entire family. Schedule your consultation today at our Salem dentist office.

Have questions? Call (503) 315-2500. We hope to see you soon!

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