Wisdom teeth are extraneous molars (the third molars, to be precise) that typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 21. In some cases, wisdom teeth may become impacted, a situation that must be evaluated and treated by a dentist in order to avoid infection, pain, and the misalignment or crowding of other teeth. At Thaddeus S. Michalski, DMD, Dr. Michalski offers a variety of general dentistry services to patients in and near Rocky Hill, CT, including wisdom tooth extraction.
Do I Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Only a consultation with Dr. Michalski will definitively determine the necessity for wisdom tooth extraction, but there are some factors you can take into consideration before your visit. For example, if you notice that your wisdom teeth have erupted partially from the gum tissue in the back of your mouth but seem to stop coming in, there may be cause for concern. Often, a wisdom tooth will develop and begin to push through the surface of the gums but become lodged against an adjacent tooth. Because the gum tissue has been perforated by the tooth, it becomes susceptible to infection that can spread and intensify. Common symptoms associated with impacted wisdom teeth include pain, increased sensitivity in the gum, redness, swelling, and the development of an abscess.
Fortunately, these problems can be avoided with wisdom tooth extraction before they become serious. During your routine dental checkup, x-rays will be taken to assess the position of your wisdom teeth. If extraction is deemed necessary and performed early enough, all of these complications can be avoided entirely.
Schedule Your Visit Today
If you suspect that you or someone in your family may be suffering the effects of an impacted wisdom tooth, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Michalski and our caring, compassionate team. We look forward to welcoming you to our family-friendly practice in Rocky Hill, CT and showing you the difference our experience and technology can make for you. We also serve patients from throughout nearby communities in Berlin, Hartford, Cromwell, Newington, Wethersfield, and more.