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Your wisdom teeth are essentially vestigial third molars from a time in ancient human evolution when our ancestors consumed a lot of hard and tough foods. In the modern age, these teeth lingering in your gums are little more than a nuisance. Sometimes they can even lead to very serious complications with your oral health.

If the teeth in the back of your mouth leave little space for an emergent wisdom tooth, it can become impacted or trapped in the gums. At first this might only cause minor discomfort, occasional pain or a deep ache in the back of your mouth.

As time passes, the impacted wisdom tooth can slowly start to move and apply unnatural pressure on the roots of your last molar. Without timely treatment and extraction, this could eventually result in the total loss of the otherwise healthy molar.

Fortunately, your dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Brink, can surgically extract an impacted wisdom tooth in a single outpatient appointment. Should you have other wisdom teeth that need to be removed, he can extract them at the same time.

You will likely need to be sedated during the extraction. Afterward, it will take a while for the sedative to fully abate. You will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home after the appointment.

Additional post-operative care instructions and any pertinent prescriptions for pain medications will be given to you by your dentist.

If you suspect that you have impacted wisdom teeth in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, you should call 810-231-2288 to schedule a consultation at Lakeview Dental Care.