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How will your dentist in Wichita, KS handle the removal of your wisdom teeth?

Children lose their baby teeth in stages and get a completely new set of teeth. By the time children turn 12, they probably have most of their teeth, and everyone may forget there are more teeth left to grow in. Wisdom teeth may begin to emerge around the age of 17 and may continue to come in until the early 20s. Most people find that wisdom teeth cause more trouble than they’re worth, leading dentists in Wichita, KS to recommend the removal of the wisdom teeth before they have even begun to grow in.

Some people may find this removal unnecessary, but the truth is that wisdom teeth are generally much easier to remove before they have fully developed and begun to emerge. Once this process begins, many things can go wrong. One of the most common problems is an impacted wisdom tooth, which may be stuck against the jaw or another tooth so that it cannot emerge. Even when wisdom teeth have room to erupt, they may crowd other teeth, or they may come in at an awkward angle. Some wisdom teeth may only partially erupt, leaving a flap of gum over the tooth, making it difficult to clean the tooth and easy for food particles to accumulate. In time, all of these problems may lead to the early decay as well as other problems such as gum disease.

Many dentists prefer to remove these unnecessary teeth before they cause problems and result in the need for more expensive dental treatment later on. When a patient is near the age when wisdom teeth may begin to come in, the dentist will evaluate the position of the teeth and the likelihood that they could cause problems. If they need to be removed, your dentist will provide you with either local or general anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain while the teeth are being removed. Once they have been removed, you will need to be careful for the next 24 hours but you should recover within a few days.

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