Get The Facts On Wisdom Teeth From Our Toluca Lake Dentist

by Dr. McKay | Date Published: 2015-05-26

Wisdom tooth extraction can make a big difference to a patient’s long-term oral health plan and prognosis. Our Toluca Lake dentists provide the comfortable and effective wisdom tooth removal that people need in order to maintain oral health.

Let’s learn more about what kinds of issues commonly occur with wisdom teeth, and how extraction can help to safeguard your smile.

Wisdom teeth typically emerge later than all of the patient’s other teeth. You might see your wisdom teeth starting to pop up in your late teens or early twenties. Keep in mind that this means that, for many dental patients, their wisdom teeth start to come in after the patient has completed orthodontic treatment.

When your wisdom teeth start to emerge, you likely will not have enough room along your gum line for the teeth to totally come in. This may lead to your wisdom teeth coming in at odd angles, or horizontally. Many wisdom teeth do not pop through to the surface of the smile at all—these wisdom teeth remain impacted in the bone tissue.

Because wisdom teeth are often partially erupted, and because they sit so far back in the patient’s smile, they are very difficult to keep clean. For this reason, wisdom teeth become magnets for cavities and gum disease.

In order to help patients avoid all of these issues, our dental team can remove wisdom teeth before they cause too much damage. The exact procedure that we use to extract your wisdom teeth will depend on your oral health situation. If your wisdom teeth have emerged, we might be able to pull them. When a patient has impacted wisdom teeth, we surgically remove the tooth from the bone tissue.

If you aren’t sure what to do about your wisdom teeth, our Toluca Lake dentists are here to help you make the best decisions for your smile. Give us a call!