Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Lansing
Prevent Oral Health Complications with Wisdom Teeth Extraction
We recommend that patients have their wisdom teeth extracted in late adolescence, before reaching the age of 17 or 19. Even though our jaws naturally grow these extra teeth–known as third molars–our modern jaws can't accommodate them. If they're allowed to erupt, you can experience two unhealthy conditions: crowding or impaction.
When crowding occurs, the wisdom teeth typically emerge through the gums, pushing existing teeth out of alignment and potentially causing years of dental trouble. When teeth become impacted, partially-erupted wisdom teeth can become stuck in different directions: sideways, vertically, backwards, or forwards. Impacted teeth can also lead to pain, swelling, and the formation of cysts or tumors.
Wisdom tooth extraction is critical if the mouth and jaw do not have room to support the growth. We begin monitoring for potential wisdom teeth-related complications when patients are around the age of 11 or 12. To make care more comfortable, our Lansing office has three forms of sedation dentistry and most extraction procedures are completed in just one visit.
Call our office to learn more about wisdom teeth extractions or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hagerty. Our comfortable dental office serves patients from Lansing, Grand Ledge, Holt, Okemos, East Lansing, and neighboring communities with comprehensive dental care in a spa-like atmosphere.