While tooth extraction is never the first choice, Dr. McKinley and Dr. Holloway may recommend that a tooth be extracted if it is severely damaged or infected, or if it is causing damage to your other teeth or oral health. Our dentists offer both simple tooth extractions and wisdom teeth removal in Shelby Township, Michigan, to help you regain a healthy smile.

When you visit our Shelby Township dental office to have a tooth pulled, you can expect the process to be quick and comfortable. Our dentists combine experience and skill with the latest technologies, and offer dental sedation to ensure that you feel comfortable during the procedure. There are several types of sedation available, and we will work with you to find the type of sedation that will be most effective for you.

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from your mouth. While we do our best to help you protect your teeth and smile, a tooth extraction may be necessary if severe infection or decay has damaged the tooth beyond repair and is threatening your other teeth.

We will provide you with dental sedation when you have a tooth pulled to ensure your comfort, and will provide post-op instructions to help you heal and recover quickly. Our goal is to make your experience as comfortable and painless as possible.

After your tooth has been removed, we will work with you to find an appropriate replacement for the tooth or teeth that you have lost. Some of the tooth replacement options our dentists may recommend include single-tooth implants, implant bridges and implant-supported dentures.

Wisdom Teeth Removals

Wisdom teeth, a third set of molars, usually come in when a patient is between 17 and 25 years old. Most patients have them removed. There are many reasons why Dr. McKinley and Dr. Holloway may remove wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth often do not come in properly because they are so far back in the mouth. They can become impacted, or trapped between the jawbone and gums. This can cause pain and swelling. Wisdom teeth often come in at the wrong angle, which causes them to press against the nearby teeth. In the majority of cases, the patient’s mouth simply does not have enough space to allow room for wisdom teeth. Sometimes, a patient may not be able to reach their wisdom teeth in order to brush and floss them properly. This can cause cavities, or even gingivitis.

Before having your wisdom teeth removed, you will meet with our dentists to talk about the procedure. Tell them about any health problems you have and any medications you take regularly. Our dentists will discuss which type of anesthesia will be used during the procedure. Be sure to ask our dentists any questions you have about the procedure. Make sure that you ask for time off from work or school so that you can recover after extraction.

Contact us at 586-685-0880 to learn more about tooth extraction and wisdom teeth removal and schedule your consultation with one of our experienced dentists.

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Tooth Extraction FAQs

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third molars, and are located at the very back of your mouth. They are usually the last teeth to erupt.

When do wisdom teeth come in?

Most people get their wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties, but in some cases the wisdom teeth come in for pre-teens or older adults.

Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

There is rarely enough space for wisdom teeth in the mouth, causing the teeth to become impacted (trapped in the gums and bone) or come in at a bad angle and cause crowding or damage to the other teeth. It is recommended that they be removed in order to avoid damaging the other teeth.

What problems might happen if my wisdom teeth are not removed?

Common problems that occur when wisdom teeth are not removed include:

  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Increased risk of gum disease
  • Infection and inflammation
  • Cysts
  • Damage to the jawbone
  • Changes to tooth alignment
  • Sinus issues

How long will it take me to recover after my wisdom teeth are removed?

Total recovery time is usually about a week, depending on how many teeth were removed and how strictly you follow the post-op instructions our Shelby Township dentists provide.