Wisdom teeth emerge much later than the rest of the adult teeth, and they can be difficult to detect without regular dental examinations and X-ray imaging at our office in Flint, MI. If wisdom teeth are properly aligned to grow into your mouth without issue, then they may not require removal. Unfortunately, very few people have enough room in their mouth to accommodate these additional molars. More often than not, wisdom teeth cause a host of oral health problems if not addressed properly.
Wisdom teeth have a tendency to grow in sideways, crowd other teeth, and get trapped under the gums. Impacted teeth can cause serious health problems like infections, cysts, or even tumors. This risk is why most dental professionals recommend early detection and removal of wisdom teeth—usually around the early to mid-teen years. In many cases, these issues present themselves long before the wisdom teeth fully erupt into the mouth. Our oral surgeons are experts in the diagnosis and removal of problematic wisdom teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Consultation Appointment
When you visit Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center in Flint, MI, your surgeon will thoroughly examine your mouth and X-rays to determine the position and development stage of your wisdom teeth. If your surgeon determines that your wisdom teeth pose a risk to your overall oral health, an individual treatment plan will be developed for wisdom teeth removal.
Wisdom Teeth Removal and Anesthesia
Dr. Frey or Dr. Lesneski will also help you choose an anesthesia option that is best for you. Oral surgeons are trained to administer a variety of different types of anesthesia, and our state-of-the-art surgical center has all the necessary monitoring equipment for a safe and comfortable procedure. We offer the following types of anesthesia:
- Local Anesthesia – is used to numb the location of surgery and prevent any pain or discomfort throughout the procedure.
- Nitrous oxide – also known as laughing gas, is sometimes used to reduce pre-surgery anxiety if you have a hard time relaxing.
- IV Sedation – also known as twilight sleep, will put you into a sleep-like state, allowing you to relax or sleep during the procedure.
Your oral surgeon will discuss your anesthesia options during your consultation appointment. A popular choice is to undergo a combination of IV sedation and local anesthesia to maximize comfort during wisdom teeth removal. Your oral surgeon will take your health history and your specific concerns into account when planning your treatment. You and your oral surgeon will decide on your anesthesia during the consultation appointment before your surgery date.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure
After anesthesia is administered, your surgeon will carefully open the gums over the tooth and remove any bone that is obstructing the path to removal. Depending on the size and position of your wisdom tooth, it may be broken into smaller pieces before extraction. Breaking it up minimizes the amount of bone and gum tissue that must be removed. If your wisdom teeth fully erupt into your mouth, they may be extracted just like any other teeth. Dissolvable sutures may be placed after removal. We offer wisdom teeth removal in our surgical-style operating suites at our office in Flint, MI.
Where can I get my wisdom teeth removed in Flint, MI?
Our oral surgeons have years of experience removing wisdom teeth, and their extensive surgical training makes them experts in extracting teeth in an efficient, minimally invasive manner. Our state-of-the-art surgical facility in Flint, MI, has advanced monitoring equipment and safety standards, and our team provides the highest level of care throughout your procedure. If you or your child need wisdom teeth extracted, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
Phone: (810) 424-0705
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.