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Spokane Family Smiles has changed my mindset on dentistry. See, I was the common person that "hates the dentist"... not anymore! I can honestly say I'm looking forward to my next visit back. After waking in immense pain, I made a quick call to Spokane Family Smiles and they were able to fit me in the same day. Upon arrival, the staff was extremely nice and accommodating. They took me back right away. Dr. Shumway came in to review my scans and assured me it was a simple procedure to remove my wisdom teeth. It was suggested I be sedated. I was so nervous after hearing such horror stories from every person I knew! The procedure and recovery went better than I could have ever expected! Literally, not even a big deal. Piece of cake! I followed all of their instructions to the "T" and I was back to work in no time! Thank you Dr. Shumway and staff for such an amazing experience. - Samantha L.

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Spokane Valley

Wisdom teeth are third molars that usually erupt between ages 16 and 24, though they may appear as late as the early 30s. There is rarely enough room in the gum line for the wisdom teeth to fully emerge. Impaction, infection, and/or discomfort may occur as a result. If you have one or more problematic wisdom teeth in Spokane Valley, know that Dr. Shumway performs expert extractions from the comfort of our state-of-the-art office.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Appear?

Why do we have a third set of molars if they serve no purpose, and usually need to be taken out, anyway? It’s evolution. The wisdom teeth are a holdover from hundreds of years ago. Our ancient ancestors needed strong teeth to eat raw meat, roots, and other difficult-to-chew items. And because they frequently lost teeth, having an extra set always came in handy.

Today, our diets and dental hygiene habits have improved -- but our mouths have not evolved as quickly. Many people have one or more wisdom teeth below the gum line, and these extra molars will eventually require extraction. Fortunately, wisdom teeth removal is easier than ever with options in sedation dentistry and the other comforts of modern dentistry.

What Problems Occur With Wisdom Teeth?

When one, two, or all four of your wisdom teeth begin to erupt, they will probably run into problems due to a lack of space in the gum line. A variety of issues can occur with the wisdom teeth. Typical problems with the third molars include:

  • Impaction, or the teeth only emerging partially
  • Infection due to impaction
  • Crowding of surrounding teeth
  • Tooth decay or gum disease around the third molars
  • Oral pain and discomfort

If you are experiencing discomfort in the back of your jaw, have noticed a bad smell emerging from the back of your mouth, or have noticed the eruption of your third molars, schedule an appointment with your dentist. Prompt removal of problematic wisdom teeth is important for your continued oral and overall health.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction: The Sooner, The Better

At Spokane Family Smiles, we recommend young patients have x-rays around age 14 to 16 to determine whether or not there are wisdom teeth beneath the gum line. If so, we may recommend an early extraction -- especially if the wisdom teeth seem likely to cause issues upon eruption. Why remove wisdom teeth before they try to emerge? Because the surgery is most successful in young adults. The earlier we can extract a wisdom tooth, the easier it is for us and for the patient. Complications and longer recoveries are more likely the longer we wait to extract the wisdom teeth. When it comes to any kind of oral surgery, sooner is always better.

Expert Extractions from Spokane Family Smiles

Dr. Shumway performs comfortable wisdom teeth extractions and dental care from our state-of-the-art office. If you would like to have your young adult’s mouth examined for the presence of wisdom teeth, or to discuss wisdom extractions in Spokane Valley, please get in touch with Spokane Family Smiles! Request an appointment online today.