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Do I Really Need My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

June 14, 2019
Posted By: Dr. Xiaoyu Ma
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Learning that you need your wisdom teeth extracted can feel daunting; however, you can rest assured that it's a very common procedure that our dentists recommend for most patients. You can also feel at ease knowing that your dentists at Prairie Dental Care are highly skilled at providing comfortable tooth extractions in Aurora, IL.

You might wonder why it's so important to remove your wisdom teeth, and here are four reasons why wisdom tooth extractions benefit your dental health.

#1: There's Not Enough Space for Wisdom Teeth

Most people don't have enough space in their jaw for wisdom teeth (third molars) to erupt correctly. This can result in crowding of neighboring teeth and movement or shifting of teeth that may have been straightened with orthodontic treatment. 

#2: Wisdom Teeth Are Hard to Keep Clean

Your wisdom teeth arrive at the very back of your mouth behind your second molars. This can be a difficult location to reach for optimal brushing and flossing, making it difficult for you to keep these back teeth clean and plaque-free. If you can't properly clean your wisdom teeth, you may be at risk for developing tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.

#3: Wisdom Teeth May Not Come in Straight

Some third molars arrive at odd angles that can crowd or push other teeth out of alignment.

#4: Wisdom Teeth May Remain Impacted

Some wisdom teeth don't come in at all, which means they are impacted or stuck underneath the gum line. This can result in an infection, so it's essential to remove impacted third molars.

If you feel nervous about tooth extractions in Aurora, IL, the good news is that Dr. Wang and Dr. Ma can help. At Prairie Dental Care, we offer nitrous oxide to help put anxious patients at ease and help you feel more relaxed during your wisdom tooth extraction procedure. Please contact our dental office today at (630) 907-0330 to learn more about how we make tooth extractions comfortable and stress-free.

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