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What Are Wisdom Teeth?

April 16, 2014

Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that start coming in during a patient’s teenage years. Unfortunately, our mouths do not have room for them. That means having them removed is crucial. If wisdom teeth become fully developed, as with our other adult teeth, they can cause crowding or impaction. Both come with uncomfortable complications.

In the first instance, your wisdom teeth will push other teeth out of alignment. They may move forwards, backwards, or to one side or another. With misalignment, patients are more vulnerable to problems with the jaw’s temporomandibular joints and to gum disease and decay. In the second instance, your wisdom teeth may become stuck, causing pain, swelling, and possible cysts, tumors, or infection.

At Robison Dental Group, Dr. John Robison and Dr. J.D. Robison will start looking for development before patients hit adolescence, at around the ages of 11 or 12. It is a good idea to have wisdom teeth removed sometime in the following years, preferably before the patient’s teenage years are over. We can do this routine procedure at our Canton dental office, pairing it with a form of sedation dentistry to make your visit comfortable and stress-free.

Do you need to schedule an extraction for someone in your family? Call Robison Dental Group for a consultation. We offer care to patients from Canton, Michigan, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth.

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