Dentists recommend the removal of wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, for a number of reasons. Your dentist can determine the best time to remove your third molars. Oftentimes recommending they be removed even before they are visible above the gum tissue. Removing the wisdom teeth before they erupt can prevent infection, nerve damage or interference with orthodontic treatment that may occur as the tooth moves through soft tissue and interacts with other teeth or bony tissue.
Most dentists prefer to remove wisdom teeth on patients in their teenage years. Prevention is the key reason why Dr. Hendrickson and other dentists most often remove wisdom teeth on young adults. Most commonly, wisdom teeth develop, erupt and begin to cause pain and discomfort between the ages of 14 and 24. Pain is associated with wisdom teeth development in young adults because there simply is not enough room in their mouths for the teeth to erupt properly. However, wisdom teeth that ‘fit’ or have erupted into the mouth may also cause pain and problems for older patients in the form of infection and cavities. Whatever your age, Dr. Heath Hendrickson can make sure your wisdom teeth extraction in Layton, Midvale or Provo, Utah, is quick and comfortable.
Wisdom Tooth removal can either be “simple” or “surgical”. Simple surgery is often performed on younger patients after the wisdom tooth appears above the gum tissue. Surgical procedures generally requires the removal of bone and the cutting of the wisdom teeth to successfully remove them. This is most commonly performed on wisdom teeth that have not yet erupted and are considered ‘impacted’or trapped in the bone.
Reach out to Dr. Wisdom Teeth at any of our wisdom teeth offices in Midvale, Provo, or Layton, Utah. Stop by or call 801-370-0050 and have our team answer your questions about our procedures or your wisdom teeth in general.