How To Know if You Need Wisdom Teeth Extracted

General & Cosmetic Dentists Serving Omaha, Bellevue, Lincoln and Nearby Nebraska

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Posted: April 15, 2023
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A cheerful girl in bright orange knitted sweater demonstrating a empty hand copy space signThe wisdom teeth, which are actually the third molars, are the very last teeth to erupt through the gums. This typically happens in one's late teen years or early adulthood and is notorious for being problematic. The dentists at Hillsborough Family Dentistry in Omaha, NE, find many patients to have little knowledge about these teeth and how they can become an issue.

What Problems May Arise With the Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth can cause a host of problems, such as crowding, infection, cysts, or worse. When these issues occur, our dentists recommend that these teeth be removed to prevent further damage from occurring. Removal of the wisdom teeth may require simple or surgical extraction, depending on whether or not they are accessible above the gum line. Simple extraction allows for faster healing but is only done if the tooth is visible in the mouth.

Do I Need To Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Our team at Hillsborough Family Dentistry of Omaha, NE, can educate you on your current situation and whether or not you would benefit from the extraction of your third molars. Here are a few situations that may occur in which our team may recommend the removal of one or more wisdom teeth:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth, when a tooth doesn’t have enough room to break through the gums and has become trapped in the jawbone or soft tissue
  • Teeth that are growing in at an angle towards other teeth, which can cause damage to adjacent teeth as it continues to grow
  • Tooth decay or infection of the wisdom teeth, which can spread if not treated properly.
  • Cysts or tumors developing around the impacted tooth resulting in inflammation and swelling of the area.

Call Us Today To Schedule an Appointment at Hillsborough Family Dentistry in Omaha, NE!

Our team will thoroughly examine your situation and discuss with you whether extraction is necessary for your oral health. We can work with you to find the most affordable and appropriate treatment or service for your needs. Call one of our four office locations throughout the Omaha area to request a consultation and initial evaluation appointment with our qualified dentists.

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