Wisdom Teeth Evaluation: What Patients Should Expect
As the final set of molars to erupt, the arrival of wisdom teeth completes our teething process. However, it is not always a pleasant experience. When the existing teeth are properly aligned and there is adequate space to welcome the new molars, the wisdom teeth can be a beneficial asset to the patient’s overall health by helping to support the facial structure and assist with proper chewing action. However, when the existing teeth are crowded or misaligned, the arrival of wisdom teeth can create harmful crowding and place pressure on the surrounding teeth, causing the patient to feel significant pain and discomfort.
When Should You Be Evaluated for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Timing the evaluation plays a crucial part in avoiding the potential pain and discomfort that can result from the eruption of wisdom teeth. For younger patients, Goldstein Dental Group recommends having an evaluation done at approximately age sixteen. This time frame usually allows the dentist to use the placement of the patient’s existing teeth, as well as their facial structure and overall dental history to decide whether or not the wisdom teeth will likely cause a problem when they erupt.
Wisdom teeth present a problem for not only teenagers, but older people, as well. In fact, many adults who had no problems during the initial eruption of wisdom teeth may experience pain, pressure and other issues later in life. Because any type of oral discomfort can indicate a problem with the teeth, general oral health or other more serious health issues, patients should always report these symptoms promptly.
Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Necessary for You?
Goldstein Dental Group combines the latest in digital imaging and technology, along with a comprehensive oral examination to evaluate their patient’s wisdom teeth. A Panorex x-ray machine provides a clear, yet non-invasive, means to view the wisdom teeth and their exact position within the jaw line. In addition, this technology allows the dentist to gain useful information about the growth and position of the roots and the health of the underlying jaw bone. If the wisdom teeth are found to be a problem, or expected to present a problem as they erupt later, the patient may have their teeth removed in our office or be referred to a respected oral surgeon who can surgically remove them with minimal discomfort.
Dental Care for a Lifetime of Health
If you have questions about wisdom teeth or the dental health of you or your family, we invite you to contact the caring dental staff at Goldstein Dental Group today. We take pride in offering safe, comfortable dental care and procedures that will make you smile.
A full-service office, Goldstein Dental Group provides a complete range of care for their patients, including preventative, cosmetic and restorative dentistry, as well as orthodontics and dental implantation. In addition, we offer oral cancer screening and migraine/headache therapy.
Visit us at www.goldsteindentalgroup.com or call (248) 374-2273 for more information.