Wisdom Teeth Removal

At Haws Family Dentistry, we offer a wide range of dental services that will make receiving any type of dental care convenient. Have you ever heard about wisdom teeth? If you have, it's probably because you've known someone who has had them removed or you have heard your dentist talk about them to you at your routine appointments. But why do we remove people's wisdom teeth, and what purpose do they serve? Let's find out.

​​​​​​​What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are a set of molars that grow when most people are in their late teens or early twenties. Some people never even get them, just because they were born without them. But those who do have them can grow in and act just like any other molar. But for many people, these teeth grow crooked and misaligned causing problems with other aspects of their oral health.

​​​​​​​What Kinds Of Problems Can They Cause?

● Wisdom teeth can create overcrowding of your teeth and push teeth out of order. Overcrowding can be especially problematic if you've had braces or other efforts made to get your teeth into perfect positioning.

● They can also cause damage to nerves as well as your jaw bone.

● Wisdom teeth can grow sideways, which can cause severe damage to surrounding teeth and tooth roots. We call this "impacted teeth."

● If they have fully grown in, they are so far back in the mouth that some patients find it hard to clean. Therefore, in some cases, wisdom teeth collect a lot of plaque and bacteria and are a hot spot for decay to sprout.

● If there is not enough room for wisdom teeth to grow in, they will cause the teeth to become overcrowded but might also cause them to break or become damaged due to the pressure.

Wisdom Teeth X-Ray

​​​​​​​Why Get Them Removed?

Getting your wisdom teeth removed can help prevent pain, misalignment of teeth, and more. We also recommend getting them removed because patients might not have enough room to grow in properly. Plus, the procedure is relatively short, and the recovery is quick.

​​​​​​​How Are They Removed?

At Haws Family Dentistry, we work closely with our patients in looking at their teeth and helping them determine when or if their wisdom teeth will grow in. We offer panoramic x-rays in our office to help us see the wisdom tooth growth process and know exactly when to have them removed.

If your wisdom teeth have already broken through your gums, then the tooth will be removed just like any other. If the wisdom teeth have yet to break through, then a tiny incision will be made at the area of the tooth, and we will remove the tooth in pieces. We use local or general anesthesia to relieve and even eliminate all pain and discomfort from the process. We can complete the entire procedure relatively quickly.

After your wisdom tooth procedure is completed, you will experience swelling and pain. We will give you a specific list of post-procedure steps and guidelines to follow to ensure a healthy and relatively painless recovery.

In our office, we make it a point to constantly check up on our wisdom tooth patients to ensure that healing is happening and happening correctly.

If you've got wisdom teeth starting to come in or if you'd like to remove yours before they start causing problems, then visit our office today and get an appointment scheduled. At Haws Family Dentistry, we've got a lot of experience working with wisdom teeth, and we'd love to help you on your journey. Give us a call today!