Wisdom Teeth Removal in Sterling Heights, MI

Unlike your other teeth, wisdom teeth can be a burden. If there isn’t enough room for them, they become impacted. If they do erupt, they can crowd other teeth and cause them to painfully shift, leaving you with a crooked smile and a bite that doesn’t line up.

Luckily, at Sterling Heights Dental, we can remove your wisdom teeth before they become problematic so you won’t have to worry about the repercussions of crooked teeth in the future. Learn about the importance of having your wisdom teeth removed and how it benefits the health of your smile.

Reasons For Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth can cause issues with the surrounding teeth and bone, compromising the beauty and functionality of your smile. There are a few reasons Dr. Hindi may recommend your wisdom teeth be extracted, including:

  • Partial eruption – As your teeth erupt, they get stuck under your gums, causing bacteria to build up and eventually leading to an infection
  • Overcrowding – Sometimes your jaw doesn’t have enough room for wisdom teeth which can cause adjacent teeth to become crowded and crack or break
  • Crooked teeth – If your wisdom teeth grow in crooked, it can place pressure on your surrounding teeth and increase your risk for tooth decay

While these are the main reasons for wisdom teeth extraction, Dr. Hindi may also recommend an extraction if you experience severe pain, repeated infection, gum disease, or tooth decay.

Types of Impaction

When your tooth doesn’t fully erupt, it can place pressure on your adjacent teeth and bone. There are various types of impaction and their angle in relation to your gums will determine the level of risk involved in avoiding treatment. Some impactions won’t require an extraction, while others will cause issues and require removal. The types of impaction include:

Vertical Impaction

During vertical impaction, the wisdom tooth is growing in straight and rarely requires extraction. Extraction is only necessary if the tooth is putting pressure on the adjacent molar or the posterior bones.

Mesial Impaction

Mesial impaction is the most common type of impaction. It occurs when the tooth is angled toward the front of the mouth. The tooth tends to push against the adjacent molar and may cause pain. The angle of the tooth determines whether it needs to be extracted.

Distal Impaction

Distal impaction occurs when the tooth is angled towards the back of the mouth. The increase in angle will increase the chances that your tooth won’t fully erupt and will hit the bone instead, requiring an extraction.

Horizontal Impaction

A horizontal impaction is typically the most painful and always requires an extraction. It occurs when the tooth lies parallel to your jawbone, pushing against your molar and causing extreme pain. This type of impaction may warrant the removal of some bone.

Dr. Hindi will examine your teeth, gums, and x-rays to determine the level of risk involved in your impaction. Some patients choose to have their wisdom teeth removed regardless of risk to avoid potential complications.

The Extraction Process

Dr. Hindi understands that teeth extractions can be a daunting task and she’ll ensure you’re comfortable throughout the surgery. Prior to beginning the procedure, she’ll numb the area surrounding your wisdom teeth with a local anesthetic.

Next, Dr. Hindi will open up the gum tissue in order to remove your impacted wisdom teeth. To finish the procedure, she’ll suture your gums and you’ll bite down on gauze until the bleeding stops.

Aftercare Instructions

Following the removal of wisdom teeth, you’ll want to follow a few guidelines to promote healing and prevent infection. In addition to any recommendations given by Dr. Hindi, you’ll want to:

  • Rest as needed
  • Avoid touching the extraction site
  • Apply a cold compress to help with pain and swelling
  • Take medications as prescribed
  • Avoid using a straw or smoking for 72 hours
  • Eat soft foods and chew away from the surgical site

Following these guidelines will ensure you protect the extraction site and avoid prematurely dislodging the blood clot, which causes a painful dry socket.

Frequently Asked Questions

Gentle Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Living with your wisdom teeth may lead to other dental problems. By removing your wisdom teeth, you can mitigate these issues and ease your stress. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hindi by calling (586) 939-5151 or simply fill out the contact form and we’ll get back to you soon.

Sterling Heights Dentistry

33760 Dequindre Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48310

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