Wisdom teeth are your third molars that erupt during your late teens or early twenties. But not all patients are able to keep their wisdom teeth. For example, we may need to schedule wisdom teeth removal if you have a small jaw or are experiencing pain.
The good news is that our dentist in Holland, MI, takes dental X-rays during your appointment. This allows him to track the trajectory of your wisdom teeth over time. That way, he can determine whether you’ll need wisdom teeth removal in the future.
Keep in mind that not all patients need wisdom teeth extraction.
For example, you may not need wisdom teeth removal if:
- You have enough space in your jaw for the extra teeth
- Your wisdom teeth are coming in straight
Here’s what else you need to know about wisdom teeth removal.
Crooked Wisdom Teeth
Are yourcoming in at an angle? If so, Dr. Habecker will need to remove them before they affect nearby teeth. If left untreated, crooked wisdom teeth will push other teeth out of the way as they erupt through the gums. This can undo years of orthodontic work, causing crowding and other health issues.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Some patients don’t have enough room in their jaws to accommodate extra teeth. In this type of scenario, we would recommend you have preemptive wisdom teeth extraction. This means that we would extract your wisdom teeth before they erupt.
The good news is that Dr. Habecker will recommend extraction before your wisdom teeth become an issue.