Gentle Dental of Westland
825 S Wayne Road, Westland, MI 48186

Much Ado about Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Commonly known as wisdom teeth, your third molars emerge in the deepest recesses of your mouth between the ages of 17 and 25. It is estimated that more than 85 percent of adults will undergo wisdom teeth removal. This is often due to impacted wisdom teeth (teeth that don’t fully emerge past the gum line) or they emerge misaligned causing crowding in the mouth. Like it or not, the state of your wisdom teeth needs to be carefully monitored by you and your dental care team to ensure the best outcomes for your oral health.

Completely impacted wisdom teeth are enclosed within the soft tissue of the jawbone, while partially impacted wisdom teeth break partway through the gum line. A partial eruption often leaves an opening for bacterial growth around the tooth, leading to infection, tooth decay, or gum disease. These conditions are also associated with pain, swelling, jaw stiffness, and general illness. Your dentist will likely recommend prompt wisdom teeth removal to inhibit further development of adverse conditions or disease.

Wisdom teeth pain is not something to ignore. This can be a sign of crowding or impacted wisdom teeth. In either case, your oral health may be at stake and you should seek the advice of your dental care professional.

Ask your dentist if you are unsure about the state of your wisdom teeth, since fully impacted teeth can’t be seen with the naked eye. Periodic X-rays during routine dental care visits will allow you and your dentist to monitor your teeth. If the position of your teeth is already cause for concern, your dentist may recommend wisdom teeth removal or refer you to an oral surgeon for further evaluation.

Family dentistry practitioners and oral surgeons will often recommend wisdom teeth removal to avoid future problems. Although your wisdom teeth may not be causing you trouble now, wisdom teeth removal becomes a risky procedure late in life. Younger people tend to have wisdom teeth roots that have not fully developed and the bone is less dense, making removal easier. Older people, however, often have a longer healing time and more intensive recovery.

Wisdom teeth removal is often an outpatient procedure, performed at the dentist’s or oral surgeon’s office. The procedure varies by case, depending on the position of the teeth at time of removal. Your dental care provider can make you aware of what to expect during the wisdom teeth removal.

A local anesthetic will be used to numb any pain that might occur during the surgery. If necessary, your dentist may sedate you as well. The teeth will then be carefully extracted, minimizing disturbance to the bone.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Westland, call Gentle Dental of Westland today at (734) 329-5284 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Westland. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Westland, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Westland.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
I was very nervous going in as my teeth were in very poor status; however, Dr. Carpenter and his staff were extremely patient and reassuring along […]
Linda B.
Everyone was very nice, I had a short wait time, and Dr. B was awesome. They provided me with good information and medications. I feel good tody.
Trevor J.
Great staff and the hygienist is amazing.
Michele H.
October 1,2014 They made me very comfortable and relaxed...didn't know I was getting a tooth pulled that day I was very worried acting like a child […]
Tricia B.
I had my first visit to the Dentist on Saturday and it was fun. I am 3 years old and they people who seen me were funny and I want to come back.
Anonymous
Great, exceeded expectation!
Holli H.
The staff at The Wayne Gentle Dental go above and beyond to satisfy their patients! !! Dr. B is the greatest ever!!!!!!!
Rhonda N.
I was looking for a dentist office that felt like family and not just seeing and treating you as another dollar sign. I know every practice have a […]
Yvonne L.
Quality care from knowledgable staff.
Anonymous
Staff was friendly, informative and very welcoming.
Kenneth L.
Fast and friendly quality service.
Anonymous
Very professional,friendly. Excellent work thank you!
Anonymous
Good experience, and a nice staff.
Cassandra K.
The dental hygienists did an excellent job on my teeth.
Dianna E.
The dental work is great, my only complaint is the waiting time in the waiting room
Anonymous
My visit was pleasant. I was scared at first but the staff was very friendly.
Megan M.
Service was friendly and I was quick to be seen.
Gary T.
I really felt welcomed at gentle dental. All the staff were so friendly and then inviting. They made my trip to the dentist comforting-because I was […]
Natalie B.
Atmosphere was very pleasant
Anonymous
Excellent customer service everyone was very friendly and the dr. Took her time and explained everything to me.
Krystal S.
I was very impressed with the service and how well I was treated.
Yvonne L.
The staff and Dr. B are the best!!!! Always kind and courteous!! Also prompt with getting things done!
Ta'kyla R.
Words are hard to find to express how comfortable I was made by all the staff at Gentle Dental. It was a very positive experience Thank for taking […]
Karen P.
Great! I was afraid to go to the dentist but my experience was great. I had 4 wisdom teeth pulled. I never had anything but a cleaning so when I […]
Demetria P.
Very satisfied with everything.
Anonymous
I love Gentle Dentle and Dr. B is the best dentist I ever had in my life and Amber Williams is the best dental assistant and it's a pleasure to have […]
Christine H.
Quality service each visit.
Anonymous
Dr. "B" is an excellent dentist, root canal and crown prep completed with no pain or "discomfort", thank you.
James A.
I was very scared at first but April is the best,she really make's you feel comfortable with her outgoing personality.Very nice smart girl!!!!!
Casey H.
Polite and professional
Candice M.
I am beyond pleased with the services I received from all of you. I have been mistreated and brushed off by a lot of dentist and you guys took me in […]
Sara C.
I was very pleased with the care, concern and professionalism of the staff. I have referred 2 other people since became a patient.
Anonymous
The doctor was very patient and informative
Anonymous
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (734) 329-5284
Our Location