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Wisdom Teeth Removal: Do You Really Want to Wait? Marietta, GA

Wisdom Teeth Removal: Do You Really Want to Wait?

If you are a young adult, it is very likely your dentist may have recommended that you get your wisdom teeth removed soon. Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. The common problem with wisdom teeth is that they typically come in misaligned and require removal before other oral health problems set in.

Misaligned wisdom teeth can position themselves horizontally, be angled toward or away from the second molars, or be angled inward or outward.

If your wisdom teeth are not currently causing problems or pain, you may have the option of waiting it out. However, your dentist’s recommendation for wisdom teeth removal can prevent unwanted future oral health complications. The tooth extraction procedure is a small price to pay for the prevention of more painful tooth and gum issues down the road.

Poor alignment of wisdom teeth can crowd or damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves. Not to mention the fact that crowded teeth in the hard-to-reach back of your mouth are very difficult to clean, which means you will need to make your oral hygiene routine more diligent to prevent cavities and gum disease, including more frequent x-rays and cleanings.

Wisdom teeth can also become impacted. They enclose themselves within the soft tissues or jawbones. Your wisdom teeth can then only partially erupt through the gum line, which easily allows bacteria to enter around the tooth that causes tooth decay and infection. If your wisdom teeth are impacted and infection, you will experience pain, swelling, jaw stiffness and general malaise.

Each year, despite the risks of any surgical procedure, millions of healthy, asymptomatic wisdom teeth are extracted from young patients in the United States, often as they prepare to leave for college. Oral surgeons have long argued that if you decide to forgo wisdom teeth removal at a young age, you are simply postponing the inevitable. According a professor at UNC School of Dentistry, Dr. Raymond P. White, “roughly 60 to 70 percent of patients with wisdom teeth will eventually have trouble with them.”

Although the thought of oral surgery or wisdom teeth extraction is easy to postpone or dismiss when you are not currently experiencing any oral health problems, it can actually save you a lot of future pain and suffering as well as dental procedure expenses if you elect to choose to remove your wisdom teeth as preventative procedure. Keep in mind that many dental plans cover the removal of these teeth, which have partly grown in or are impacted below the gum. Gilreath Family Dentistry offers comprehensive wisdom teeth removal with appropriate pain management options included.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

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Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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