Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Midlothian VA
Did you ever use the old ‘string around the doorknob’ technique when you had a loose tooth as a child? You probably thought that once your adult teeth grew in, you were all done getting new teeth. However, over 65% of adults develop wisdom teeth, usually between the ages of 16-20.
Wisdom teeth are the final molars to emerge in the very back of the jaw. Often these wisdom teeth need to be removed to prevent dental complications.
At White & White near Richmond and Bon Air, we encourage all teenagers and young adults to have a wisdom tooth evaluation in order to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Drs. Scott White, Pranee White, and John Han are highly skilled at assessing your wisdom teeth and will let you know what the best course of action is for you.
Do I Really Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Sometimes no course of action is needed when you develop wisdom teeth. If your jaw has enough space to accommodate the new teeth, you may not need any further dental intervention.
It is very common, though, for patients to experience crowding of other teeth when their wisdom teeth come in. If you used orthodontics to straighten your smile, the arrival of wisdom teeth could cause those straight pearly whites to shift. If a wisdom tooth doesn’t fully emerge from the gum, that can lead to infection and discomfort.
Given their location in the back of the jaw, it is also very difficult to clean a wisdom tooth that does have enough space to come in correctly. Even patients who have excelent dental hygiene habits get cavities and decay in their wisdom teeth and the neighboring teeth because of the difficulties to adequately brush and floss these teeth. So many patients still elect for widsom teeth removal to keep their other back molars healthy.
What If I Have Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
Impacted wisdom teeth refer to teeth that don’t have enough room to erupt through the gums. This occurs when other teeth, or the jawbone itself, blocks the teeth.
If a tooth has partly emerged, but is still partially covered by gums, food particles can get stuck under the gum and lead to an infection called pericoronitis.
Impacted wisdom teeth will usually need to be extracted surgically. Dr. Guttery has advanced training in oral surgery and can remove even impacted wisdom teeth right here in our office in Midlothain, VA. And with both conscious sedation and IV sedation available, you won’t feel or even remember the actual procedure.
Schedule A Wisdom Tooth Exam With White & White
Routine dental hygiene, like daily brushing and flossing, is key to optimal oral health. Regular visits to the dentist are also essential to helping you maintain a healthy, happy smile.
If you are in your late teens or early 20s, talk to Dr. Scott White, Dr. Pranee White, or Dr. John Han about your wisdom teeth. The assessment involves a simple x-ray and can be completed during your normal dental checkup.
If there is a need for wisdom teeth removal, we are able to schedule the procedure to extract the necessary teeth. Early detection is ideal and helps patients avoid unnecessary gum infection and tooth crowding caused by impacted wisdom teeth.
Call us today for a wisdom tooth evaluation for you or your teenager. We are located in Midlothain, Virginia and serve patients from all over the Richmond area, including Bon Air, Powhatan and Chesterfield.