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What Greenwood, SC, dental patients need to know about wisdom teeth extractions

Wisdom teeth extraction procedure from Dentist in Greenwood SC

The reason the third set of molars is called wisdom teeth is because they don’t erupt in the mouth until a later age than all the other molars, usually between the age of 17 and 25, presumably when we are wiser. For many dental patients, wisdom teeth will cause pain or discomfort and often need to be removed. Dr. Christopher Griffin helps his Greenwood, SC, patients understand their options for extraction.

Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth that erupt completely, and in the right place, can be kept healthy with good brushing and flossing habits. However, wisdom teeth cause pain or oral health problems for many patients because their mouth can’t accommodate four additional molars. This can cause the teeth to erupt at an awkward angle, come only halfway through the gums, or may stay completely impacted within the jawbone. This can cause inflammation and soreness of the gums, infection around the tooth, and pain. Furthermore, the wisdom teeth can create pressure that causes the remaining teeth to become crowded or misaligned.

How are wisdom teeth extracted?

The method of extraction will depend on where and how the teeth are placed. Those teeth that have fully erupted, but are crowding other teeth or causing gum disease can simply be pulled. This can be done with local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation to make the patient more comfortable. However, if the teeth are impacted, a surgical extraction, in which the gum and jawbone are cut to remove the tooth, is necessary.

To find out if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, visit Dr. Griffin. He will examine your mouth, view x-rays, and determine if extraction will be beneficial. For more information about wisdom tooth extraction, call the office of Dr. Christopher Griffin at (864) 229-2610 today.

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