Tooth Extraction in Mt. Pleasant, SC

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Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars and they usually start to erupt from your gum tissue between the ages of 17 and 25. It is very common to have complications arise during this time due to your wisdom teeth not erupting all the way or crowding your other molars in such a way as to cause pain and infection. In such cases, Dr. Kevin Hogan might recommend wisdom tooth removal.

Wisdom Teeth Complications

Wisdom teeth removal is usually recommended because most people do not have enough room in their mouths to accommodate all 32 teeth. Due to the cramped spaces in the back of your mouth, cleaning your teeth can become more difficult. Bacteria can buildup, leading to infection, tooth decay, and pain. Impacted wisdom teeth in Charleston, SC can also cause pain. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it can be growing sideways, not erupting through the gums, and/or be pressing against the roots of adjacent teeth. Dr. Hogan might also recommend wisdom tooth extraction in these cases as well.

It is possible to have your wisdom teeth erupt and not cause you any problems, but you and Dr. Hogan should closely monitor them for any signs of movement or infection. Sometimes, complications with wisdom teeth do not arise until later on in adulthood when teeth can start to shift with age, tooth loss, and bone loss.

When Should They Be Removed?

It is generally thought best to have your wisdom teeth removed before they have fully developed to avoid issues with decay and crowding once they have erupted. Younger patients also heal better and faster than older patients. Wisdom teeth extraction is a routine dental procedure that typically does not take very long, and most people can return to work or school in a day or two. Complete healing may take from a few weeks to a few months. Dr. Hogan will give you post-operative instructions to help with healing and to prevent complications, such as dry socket.

Do not live with wisdom tooth pain. Prevent further infection and damage by calling Dr. Hogan’s Mt. Pleasant office for a wisdom tooth removal consultation.