Meet McGonigle Dental Associates of Tinley Park, IL! We’re a friendly group of expert dentists and hygienists who care deeply about our patients and want to help your smile shine. If you’re suffering from an uncomfortable wisdom tooth, we can take it out for you — gently and effectively. Give us a call today to schedule an exam or book an appointment online.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last of your adult teeth to come in. Located in the far back of your mouth, behind your other molars, wisdom teeth are also sometimes referred to as the third set of molars. Typically they don’t erupt until your late teens or early twenties, at which point they can cause discomfort, crowding, and otherwise interfere with your oral health.
When Do I Need to See a Dentist?
Some people don’t have any problems with their wisdom teeth. However, for many others, wisdom teeth can cause discomfort, shift the location of their other teeth, and even provide a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to infection. Wisdom teeth can also become impacted, which occurs when the tooth fails to fully erupt. If you notice that you’re experiencing discomfort as a result of your wisdom teeth coming in, you should see a dentist for an evaluation.
What Happens When a Wisdom Tooth Is Removed?
If a wisdom tooth is becoming too much of a troublemaker, we’ll take it out. First, we’ll make sure that you’re feeling comfortable by getting you good and numb, using a local anesthetic (and sedation, if requested). Then we’ll extract the wisdom tooth as gently as we can. You’ll need a few days afterward for your mouth to recover but will quickly experience relief.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today!
If you’re being bothered by a wisdom tooth, book an exam online or call today to schedule with one of our friendly dentists!