Wisdom teeth extraction is an oral care concern that our dental team takes very seriously. With wisdom teeth being the final set of molars to develop for most people, they have the potential to be quite beneficial to the mouth. However, more often than not, wisdom teeth removal is deemed necessary and actually more beneficial to your oral health than keeping the teeth.
When you come visit our office, we’ll examine your teeth and see if you could benefit from wisdom teeth removal. You can be assured that Drs. Ray McKinley and Brittany McKinley-Holloway will handle your wisdom teeth removal with the utmost care.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?
The wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that generally begin to emerge in the back of your mouth between the ages of 17 and 25. If they do not erupt from the gums properly, this can begin several oral care concerns that will eventually create a disruption in your dental health.
These disruptions can be as simple as a misalignment, coming in crooked to your other teeth that may have already been straightened with orthodontics. However, the wisdom teeth could also come in at an angle that can harm the adjacent molars, cause teeth to crowd, or even damage the jaw.
And those are just the problems if the wisdom teeth manage to emerge! Many wisdom teeth become impacted, which means that the tooth fails to emerge or only partially emerges through the soft tissue of the gums. Not only can this cause severe discomfort, but it may also lead to swelling, infection, and stiffness in the jaw.
These are just some of the reasons you might need a wisdom tooth pulled. Thankfully, with 40 years of experience, Dr. McKinley and Dr. McKinley-Holloway, along with their dental team in Shelby Township, Michigan, are able to help you determine if your wisdom teeth require extraction.
Excellent Care From Our Skilled Dental Team
Our office is committed to creating a personalized treatment plan that meets the needs for every patient. When you set up a consultation with our dental team, we can answer any questions you might have about the procedure while you provide input to help us formulate your individualized treatment!
For us, this consultation extends beyond formality. We want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible before, during, and after your wisdom tooth extraction. While we will address your health needs, medications, and prior dental care, our dental team will show you which type of anesthesia is available for the procedure.
Sedation Dentistry for Tooth Extraction
We’re committed to your comfort every time you walk into our office. This is why we provide dental sedation to any patients who need it at any time—especially for bigger procedures like a wisdom tooth extraction.
If the thought of a tooth pulled or any oral care procedure causes you undue stress, physical tension, or nervousness, you may be suffering from dental anxiety; but we’re here to help!
Dental anxiety is a common condition that we’ve helped many patients overcome. As levels of anxiety differ from person to person, our office is equipped with multiple methods of sedation, allowing patients to select from minimal and moderate sedation treatments.
- Minimal sedation treatment, commonly known as “laughing gas”, is inhaled through a mask, allowing you to almost immediately feel relaxed and stay calm through the procedure. As this is easily administered by our dental team, the effects will wear off a few minutes after your treatment. This means you can legally drive yourself home afterwards!
- Moderate sedation may be preferable for patients who need something a little stronger. Also called oral conscious sedation, this is administered in pill form. While you will be conscious during your procedure, you will be relaxed and perhaps drowsy. Be sure to arrange transportation before and after treatment with this sedation method!
If you are preparing for a wisdom tooth removal, ask us today about what sedation options would be right for you.
Regular Tooth Extraction
Over 80% of Americans get their wisdom teeth removed either due to common problems of impacted teeth, misaligned growth, or to prevent future dental complications. At our practice in Shelby Township, MI, we also offer treatment for regular tooth extraction if it is needed.
While we will always do our best to save your natural teeth when possible, you may need a permanent tooth pulled for several different reasons at any time during adolescence or adulthood. If one or more of the following conditions apply to you, you may want to schedule a consultation at our office:
- Excessive Tooth Decay: In the simplest terms, this is the destruction of your tooth enamel—the hard, outer layer of your teeth. The enamel protects your teeth from infection and disease. If the decay is bad enough that it can’t be repaired with a filling or a crown, we may recommend extracting the tooth to protect the health of your remaining teeth and gums.
- Tooth Infection: A tooth infection, also known as a tooth abscess, is caused by a bacterial infection either in the gums or inside the tooth’s root. Allowing a bacterial infection to go untreated is incredibly dangerous and a tooth extraction could potentially be a life-saving measure.
- Crowded Teeth: This is a condition where there isn’t enough space in a section of the mouth for permanent teeth to grow properly, resulting in overlapping, crooked, or misaligned teeth. You may need a crowded tooth extracted before you begin orthodontic treatment.
For a comprehensive assessment to see if one or more of your teeth may require an extraction, schedule a consultation at our office. While meeting with our dental team for a regular tooth or wisdom teeth extraction, remember to discuss recovery time from work or school to completely personalize your treatment options.
Call Us Today to Learn More or to Schedule a Consultation
To set up an appointment by phone, call our office at 586-685-0880. We look forward to helping your teeth be as healthy and pain-free as possible!