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Why Wisdom Tooth Extraction? What You Need to Know

May 19, 2014

467995341Millions of years ago, the ancestors of humans possessed large, protruding jaws that were much wider than they are today. The third molars, or wisdom teeth, were crucial tools necessary to chew uncooked meats and tough vegetation. Today, the human jaw is considerable smaller and more narrow, and we no longer have a need for these large molars. At Grant D. Ringler, DDS in Hutchinson, KS, Dr. Ringler and his team offer a variety of services tailored to meet your every oral healthcare need, including wisdom tooth extraction.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Hutchinson, KS

Despite the fact that we don’t need them to survive, wisdom teeth do still develop within the jaw and often become impacted in the limited space allowed them. This can lead to severe pain, crowding of adjacent teeth, and even potentially dangerous infections. In cases of impacted wisdom teeth, our team of dentists recommends wisdom tooth extraction. Wisdom tooth removal should be seriously considered if any of the following symptoms arise:

  • Painful, swollen gums
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Recurring headaches
  • Swelling in the jaw
  • Tenderness
  • An abscess in the gum near the tooth

It is important to remember that not all wisdom tooth concerns come with obvious symptoms. The best way to ensure that you avoid impaction and related complications is to visit our office every six months for a general checkup. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have about wisdom teeth extraction, as well as the other aspects of your smile and oral health.

Schedule Your Visit Today

Whether you are suffering from the symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth or your wisdom teeth have not yet erupted and you’d like to learn how they’re developing, our team can help. Contact our office in Hutchinson, KS today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Grant Ringler, Dr. Melissa Barnhart, or Dr. Justin Barnhart. If you’re currently experiencing pain associated with your wisdom teeth, call us right away to schedule an emergency visit. We look forward to helping you find relief from wisdom teeth discomfort. Our state-of-the-art dental practice warmly welcomes patients from Hutchinson, Manhattan, El Dorado, Great Bend, Winfield, Newton, and beyond.

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