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Wisdom Teeth – Attleboro, MA

Evaluating Wisdom Teeth Case By Case

At Capron Park Dental, we understand that dental work is never a one size fits all solution. When it comes to wisdom teeth, many people assume that they’ll automatically need extractions, but we only recommend them when it’s absolutely necessary to maintain your dental health. In those cases, rest assured that our talented team of dentists have years of experience and a gentle touch to make the procedure stress-free. If you have wisdom teeth in Attleboro and would like to schedule a consultation, contact us today!

When Are Wisdom Teeth Extractions Recommended?

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“Wisdom teeth” are the last set of permanent molars that come in and usually appear between the mid- teens to early twenties. At one time in human history, people’s jaws were significantly larger and could accommodate these teeth. Now, many people don’t have enough room for them. When the wisdom teeth develop and have nowhere to go, they come in sideways or at an angle (this is referred to as impacted teeth). This can subsequently cause multiple complications:

Also, even if impacted wisdom teeth aren’t causing problems now, there’s a good chance they will later on. Extracting them can either treat current complications or serve as a proactive way to prevent problems later on.

When Are Wisdom Teeth Extractions Unnecessary?

Woman touching her cheek in pain.

Here are some examples of when the wisdom teeth don’t need to be taken out:

  • When the jaws are large enough accommodate them and they’ve come in properly (e.g. they aren’t impacted and are completely through the gums)
  • When they’re in correct alignment and aren’t causing bite problems
  • When you’re able to reach them with your toothbrush and floss to keep them clean and cavity-free

What Is the Extraction Procedure Like?

Dentist holding an extracted wisdom tooth

At Capron Park Dental, we understand that many people feel anxious about extractions so, first and foremost, we’ll always make your comfort a top priority. Before the procedure itself, we’ll start by discussing sedation options and pain management and answer any questions you have.

Then, the way we extract the wisdom teeth depends on how they’ve come in. In straightforward cases we’re able to see the entire tooth above the gumline, so we can simply use special tools to loosen and remove it without the need to make any incisions.

Otherwise, when the teeth are impacted or have only come in partially, we’ll perform surgical extractions in which we make incisions in the gums to access the teeth. We’ll evaluate your needs and explain which type of extractions are necessary during your consultation.

The Benefits of Removing Wisdom Teeth

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As a dentist, we always prefer prevention instead of treatment. When extractions are necessary to treat or prevent problems, your oral health will benefit in the following ways:

Keep in mind that if you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, it only has to be done once, but will benefit your smile for life!