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Wisdom teeth are technically vestigial third molars left behind by the deep traces of human evolution. They typically attempt to emerge from the gums in the back of your mouth in late adolescence. Typical symptoms of eruption include pain and pressure in the back of your mouth. It might also feel like it affects the surrounding jaw muscles.

Unfortunately, the molars in the back of your mouth leave little space for an emergent wisdom tooth. If the tooth becomes impacted or trapped in the gums, it can cause significant discomfort and pain.

As time goes by, an impacted wisdom tooth can place 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.

To prevent these complications and alleviate the pain, Dr. Jack Schwarcz and the dental specialists at his Center Line, Michigan, clinic might recommend having your wisdom teeth surgically extracted. This can be done in a single outpatient appointment that might require full sedation.

Afterward, it will take awhile for the sedative to fully dissipate. You will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home and help you out for a little while as you regain your senses.

Additional postoperative care instructions and any pertinent prescriptions for pain medications will be given to you by your oral surgeon.

If you live in the Center Line, Michigan, area and you are experiencing wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call 586-757-5454 to schedule a consultation at Eastside Periodontics.