Wisdom Teeth Removal
The last four molars to arrive are called the wisdom teeth, usually appearing between the ages of 16-22. These large molars are the final anchors in the back of the upper and lower sets of teeth. In some cases, wisdom teeth can cause oral health problems and need to be removed. At Scott A. Babin, DDS and Associates, our dentists perform wisdom teeth removal at our clinic in Edmonds, and Renton, WA.
Wisdom teeth are notorious for causing dental issues, both when they arrive and throughout adult life. These molars are prone to becoming impacted, meaning they do not emerge completely through the gum tissues. This can cause pain, infection and other dental problems, and some wisdom teeth even emerge through the side of the gums instead of the top. When wisdom teeth emerge without problems, they can be difficult to keep clean, resulting in decay or increasing risk of gum disease.
Do You Need Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
It is important to have wisdom teeth monitored by your dentist as they begin to emerge. If they are impacted or pushing against other teeth, you may want to have them removed as soon as possible to avoid complications. Wisdom teeth removal is simpler if it is completed when they first arrive since the roots have not completely formed. However, wisdom teeth can be extracted at any age if they become decayed or cause other problems.
While most people do not relish the idea of tooth extractions, the procedure can usually be accomplished in one visit. Our dentist will numb the gums and sedation can be used for further relaxation if you prefer. One or all four can be removed, depending on the patient.
If you or your child need wisdom teeth removed, come see us at Scott A. Babin, DDS and Associates. We offer comfortable, minimally-invasive wisdom teeth extractions at our clinic in Edmonds, and Renton, WA. Contact our dental practice today to schedule an exam and consultation to discuss removing your wisdom teeth.