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Wisdom Tooth Extractions - Fairfax, VA

Protecting Your Smile
from Problematic Teeth

Wisdom teeth once served an important purpose. Nowadays, however, they pose more problems than they solve. Don’t worry – that’s where MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry comes in! When we take your annual X-rays, we will closely monitor the position of your wisdom teeth. Once they pose a risk to the look, health, and function of your smile, we will carefully remove them, saving you from countless problems in the process. To schedule wisdom tooth extractions in Fairfax, VA, give us a call!

Young woman in need of wisdom tooth extraction holding jaw in pain

Why Choose MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

X-ray with position of wisdom teeth highlighted in red

You may have heard about wisdom teeth before, but did you know that they have actually been around for thousands of years? In the past, wisdom teeth were meant to replace molars in case they fell out due to poor oral hygiene or primitive diets. Today, it’s much easier to practice oral care and maintain a consistent diet, but wisdom teeth continue to erupt.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Man pointing to smile before wisdom tooth extraction

It’s rare that a patient won’t need to have any wisdom teeth removed because the mouth is not typically large enough to accommodate them. If you begin to notice tooth pain in the back of your mouth and you are between the ages of 18 and 25, there’s a chance that your wisdom teeth are just beginning to erupt. Call our Fairfax dental office so one of our dedicated dentists can perform an exam. If we believe that your wisdom teeth are crowding your smile or putting you at risk for an oral infection, we will likely recommend removal.

What to Expect from the Wisdom Teeth Procedure

Dentist smiling while conducting procedure in office

At your consultation, we will determine several important factors that influence what your procedure will look like, including if you want sedation dentistry to calm your nerves. The day of your wisdom teeth removal, we’ll get you comfortably settled into the treatment chair before thoroughly numbing the area of your mouth that we’re working on.

If your wisdom teeth are below your gumline, then we will create an incision in your gums before using special instruments to remove them. If, on the other hand, they’ve already erupted, then we will simply use our tools to gently rock them loose. Before you leave, we will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions as well.

Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Young woman receiving wisdom tooth extraction

Following your wisdom tooth removal, it’s very important that you take the right steps to promote healing and prevent a painful condition known as dry socket. Make sure to:

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