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When might a Wichita, KS dentist perform wisdom tooth extractions?

The wisdom teeth are teeth at the back of the mouth and can become troublesome for many teenagers and adult patients. Wisdom teeth are third molars that generally don’t have room to erupt through the gums. When they do, they can be extremely difficult to keep clean and can result in the development of periodontal disease. In most instances, dentists prefer to have them extracted before they erupt.

Wisdom teeth have a tendency to become impacted. This means that they are unable to break through the gums. When this occurs, it can cause pain and discomfort and require wisdom tooth extraction. This removes the third molars from the dental arch and can relieve the patient of pain.

Sometimes the wisdom teeth may fully erupt, but they can cause problems with the existing teeth. They may be too large and result in the shifting of the rest of the teeth in the dental arch. This can ruin an otherwise perfectly aligned smile. They may negatively affect a patient’s bite. In this case, patients may want to speak to their dentist in Wichita, KS about the possibility of having them removed, even if they have safely erupted and grown in.

The team at East Wichita Dentist understands wisdom teeth and the reasons they should be extracted. With a consultation appointment, the dentist can take x-rays and determine if a wisdom tooth may be impacted, broken, or unable to erupt. If they are in place, they may be removed to protect the oral health of the patient, or to eliminate the possibility of misalignment of the teeth. Patients who have undergone orthodontic work will typically have their wisdom teeth extracted to avoid damaging the work done to the smile.

At East Wichita Dentist, we want our patients to have a smile they are proud to show. We offer a number of services, including wisdom tooth extraction, and are happy to provide patients with the gentle, experienced care of a dental provider they know and trust. Call us today to schedule a consultation appointment and examination to determine the services we can offer you and your family.

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