Wisdom Tooth Removal in Allen Park, MI

Painless and Gentle Wisdom Tooth Extraction

woman in a tank top feeling her faceAre you grappling with discomfort at the back of your mouth or noticing swelling around your wisdom tooth socket or teeth? Wisdom tooth extraction might be the solution. Although the thought of tooth removal might be unsettling, it could be the optimal choice for your oral well-being.

At Allen Park Dentistry, Dr. Maxine Cannon stands out as a leading and patient-oriented dentist in Allen Park, MI, committed to maintaining your oral health. Explore the world of wisdom teeth and the circumstances necessitating their removal with an oral surgeon. Call (313) 928-8848 to learn more.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the final set of molars that typically emerge between the late teenage years and early twenties. Despite their importance in ancestral diets, modern human jaws often lack adequate space for these teeth, leading to various dental issues.

When Do Wisdom Teeth Need Removal?

Wisdom teeth typically require removal when they pose potential or present issues due to their emergence or position in the mouth. Here are indicators suggesting the need for removal:

  • Pain and Discomfort: Sensations of pain, pressure, or discomfort around the back of the mouth, often due to the crowding caused by emerging wisdom teeth.
  • Inflammation and Infections: Swelling, redness, or infections around the gum line where the wisdom teeth are emerging. This can indicate impaction or insufficient space for the teeth to emerge properly.
  • Alignment Problems: When wisdom teeth grow at odd angles or push against neighboring teeth, it can cause misalignment, leading to bite issues or crowding in the mouth.
  • Decay and Cysts: Impacted wisdom teeth can create pockets where bacteria thrive, increasing the risk of cavities, gum disease, or the formation of cysts in the jawbone.

Consulting Dr. Cannon and undergoing routine dental examinations helps identify potential issues with wisdom teeth early on. X-rays and evaluations can assist in determining whether wisdom teeth extraction is necessary to prevent future complications or alleviate existing problems associated with these teeth.

Benefits of Timely Wisdom Tooth Removal

Opting for timely wisdom tooth removal presents several advantages:

  • Prevents Dental Complications: Removing problematic wisdom teeth prevents potential dental issues, including overcrowding, misalignment, and infections.
  • Alleviates Discomfort: Eliminating impacted or painful wisdom teeth alleviates associated discomfort and promotes oral comfort and health.
  • Preserve Oral Health: Prevents the development of future dental problems that could arise due to impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth.
  • Minimizes Risks: Early extraction reduces the risk of complications such as infections or damage to adjacent teeth and bone.

Considering these factors, timely removal of problematic wisdom teeth is crucial for maintaining optimal oral health and preventing dental complications.

What to Expect During Wisdom Tooth Extraction Surgery

Preparing for Surgery

A man with mouth pain in the dentist's chairBefore the extraction, Dr. Cannon discusses the procedure and any necessary preparations with you. This might involve fasting if general anesthesia is used and reviewing your medical history for a safe procedure.

Administering Anesthesia

Dr. Cannon applies local anesthesia to numb the extraction area. Depending on complexity or preference, she might offer sedation dentistry to relax you during the procedure.

Performing the Extraction

Using specialized instruments, Dr. Cannon gently loosens the wisdom tooth from its socket and carefully removes it. In some cases, a small incision in the gum tissue might need to be removed if necessary for better access.

Closing and Post-Extraction Steps

After the tooth removal, Dr. Cannon thoroughly cleans the extraction site. A gauze may be placed over the area to control bleeding. Depending on the situation and how many wisdom teeth there are, she might stitch the site to aid healing or leave it open to heal naturally.

Aftercare for Wisdom Tooth Surgery

After wisdom tooth removal, adhere to Dr. Cannon’s post-operative instructions for the best results. These may include:

  • Managing Bleeding: Bite on gauze pads provided to control bleeding. Change them as instructed.
  • Rest and Recovery: Rest is crucial for the initial hours post-surgery. Avoid strenuous activities that could dislodge blood clots.
  • Pain Management: Use prescribed or recommended pain medication to alleviate discomfort.
  • Applying Ice Packs: Ice packs on the outside of your cheek help reduce swelling.
  • Soft Diet: Stick to soft, easy-to-chew foods for the first few days to avoid disturbing the extraction site.
  • Rinsing Your Mouth: Gently rinse with warm salt water to promote healing and keep the area clean. Be gentle to avoid dislodging clots.
  • Avoiding Straws and Smoking: Refrain from using straws or smoking, as these activities can dislodge blood clots and hinder healing.

Financing Wisdom Tooth Extraction

At Allen Park Dentistry, we understand the importance of maintaining oral health without financial stress. We believe in providing high-quality dental care through various financing options tailored to every patient’s needs.

Dental Insurance Simplified

Navigating the complexities of insurance plans can be overwhelming. Our financial coordinators will handle the filing, tracking, and updates of your claims, ensuring you get the most out of your coverage. We work to minimize your out-of-pocket costs while maximizing your benefits.

Prime Advantage Membership Plan

Our in-house Prime Advantage membership plan can provide substantial savings. Perfect for those without insurance or needing assistance with comprehensive dental care, this plan offers immediate benefits without any waiting period.

CareCredit® Patient Financing

Smiling couple on vacation in EuropeCareCredit® offers a third-party financing solution that allows you to manage dental treatment costs conveniently. Approved users receive a CareCredit card to cover upfront expenses, with the flexibility of splitting the costs into manageable monthly payments, often with minimal interest. 

LendingPoint Loans

LendingPoint provides customizable personal consumer loans. With rates as low as 9.99 percent, this option offers an affordable alternative to traditional loans. Their application ensures quick access to loans, eliminating the hassle often associated with lending processes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t Let Tooth Pain Hold You Back. Discover Gentle Extraction Techniques

While preserving your natural tooth is prioritized, sometimes removal becomes necessary for the overall health of your smile. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine procedure; Dr. Cannon has performed countless wisdom tooth removals, so you can rest assured you’re in the best hands. 

Contact our Allen Park, MI, office at (313) 928-8848 to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve Melvindale, Lincoln Park, and Taylor, MI, ensuring gentle and comprehensive dental care.

Allen Park Dentistry

8400 Allen Rd.
Allen Park, MI 48101

Office Hours

9am – 7pm
9am – 6pm
8am – 5pm
7am – 4pm
7am – 12pm*
*Two Saturdays/month