Wise Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Somewhere between the ages of 17 to 21, most people's third molars begin to erupt through the gum line at the very back of their mouths. These are more commonly known as the “wisdom teeth.” They were very useful to our ancient ancestors to help them chew the coarse roots, fibrous plants, and uncooked meats that were very common for the diet at the time. Often, this daily wear and tear would cause a person to lose some of their molars as they got older, and the wisdom teeth simply replaced them. Thanks to modern dentistry and cooking techniques, they are no longer needed, and the human jaw began to shrink slowly over time. However, nature being what it is, most people still have their wisdom teeth despite this.

Why They Need to Be Removed

Unfortunately, the modern jaw often can't accommodate the wisdom teeth, and this can lead to two unhealthy conditions: crowding of the existing permanent teeth and/or impaction – the incoming molars getting stuck in place. Your family dentist in Chaska at the Chaska Dental Center will typically start keeping an eye on the developing wisdom teeth of a patient around age 11 or 12, and they will usually recommend extraction prior to 17 to 19 years of age. The goal is to extract the teeth before they can cause any problems. It’s much simpler to remove them while they are not causing any issues than to wait until a person is experiencing pain and soreness.

What Happens If They Are Not Removed

While extracting these teeth may not sound like a lot of fun, it's far better than the usual alternatives. Crowded teeth can misalign your bite, create chronic jaw pain, make you more vulnerable to gum disease, and cause dental problems for the rest of your life. Partially-erupted wisdom teeth allow bacteria and germs to accumulate and multiply, which can lead to an infection or the formation of cysts. In fact, even tumors can grow on a trapped wisdom tooth. Impacted or partially-erupted wisdom teeth may try to force their entry, pushing up in whichever direction they find the most give: sideways, vertically, backward, or forward. They can become stuck while still fully encased in the jawbone (called a bony impaction) or prior to erupting through the gums (called a soft tissue impaction). Both of these situations can easily cause pain, swelling, and an infection. Eventually, the infection can spread to the jaw bone, which can weaken its ability to hold the other teeth in place.

Of course, this is just the worst case scenario. If you regularly visit your dentist in Chaska, they’ll be able to help you avoid all of these problems.  If your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, they’ll refer you to a trusted colleague. Dr. Meschke and Dr. Swingdorf work with the most highly skilled oral surgeons in the Metro area who can perform this routine surgical procedure while you remain completely comfortable under general anesthesia.

If you have any questions or are currently feeling discomfort because of your wisdom teeth, be sure to contact our office today.

I brought my daughter, 10 years old, to the clinic yesterday. Was blown away by how east to work with all of the staff. Wendy at the front desk was wonderfully warm and inviting. The hygienist we had, Erin, was wonderful with my daughter. She was very engaging. We had Dr. Swingdorf as our dentist and he was amazing. Talked to my daughter instead of to me, which I LOVE! He addressed all of our concerns and was very approachable. Would recommend them to anyone looking for an outstanding dental clinic!

I want to state how fortunate I am - and I am certain everyone else of Dr. Meschke's patients - to have such an outstanding and most capable person as Dr. Tom Meschke as our dentist. I am certain Dr. Meschke has to be one of the very best dentists in the entire state of Minnesota. He is personable with his patients, he is genuinely interested in correcting and resolving your dental issue. I know he has made a big difference in my dental health from where I started with him about 20 years ago to where I am today which is in positive dental health. There are many good dentists in Minnesota, I am certain, but I do not believe that Dr. Meshke could be ranked below any of them. He is truly the best! - Steve W.

Fantastic dental experience! The office staff have always treated me with respect and care. Dr. Swingdorf is the best dentist I've ever seen. Highly recommend! - Ross N.

Really enjoy coming in, the doctors and the entire staff are more engaged and concerned which makes the atmosphere much more friendly and less transactional. The atmosphere was only one facet that made the experience great, I went for a basic appointment but it felt tailored to my needs more so that with other dentists I've gone to. Would definitely recommend to friends and family - Christopher S.

Life changer for me! I had missing teeth and bone loss for years and Dr. Meschke came up with a plan for implants. I can chew with the right side of my mouth again for the first time in over 10 years! Our family of 9 is lucky to have him for a dentist. Professional, Innovative, Caring, & Affordable. Thanks Dr. Meschke!!! - Scott F.

Dr. Swingdorf, I wanted to thank you and Linda and the rest of Chaska Dental's staff for all your courtesy and care to make sure my dental and overall health continue to be excellent. - Camille

Thank you Dr. Swingdorf for your time and attention when I came in for my 6 month check up. I very much appreciate all you do for my and the health of my dental care. I cannot thank you enough!

The receptionists are helpful and courteous, the hygienists are patient, gentle, knowledgeable and very nice. We've been coming here for years and have no intentions on going anywhere else.

One too many kernels of Kettle Korn at the Twins game this past weekend. I called CDC first thing Monday morning and was in the chair for molar restoration within a half hour. Now that's accommodation. Thank you! Go TWINS!

As much as it is contradictory to say; You make dentist visits/work enjoyable! Thanks again and...I always refer my friends your way for a great dentist!

Tom, Thank you so much for your honesty & integrity. I had no idea of your warranty or even that this tooth had been worked on before or when. This will not go unnoticed in the community. I've already told several people of your honesty and quality of work & will continue to do so. - Luke

Dear Tom, Thank you for your care and concern for me - I appreciate your professional pride in your excellent work - even when you make a patient wait. Thank goodness you did have new caps made. I LOVE MY NEW TEETH. Best wishes to you and your family - you are special. XOXO-Susan

The dental care from Dr. Meschke and his staff is the best I've received in my adult years. They are professional, thorough, and make the experience something to look forward to (which is a hard thing to do, given that it's dental work and generally, not an enjoyable experience).
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Just a note to say a sincere Thank You for the beautiful work you did on my front tooth, the "prettiest" tooth in my mouth. Yes, Betty, my sister-in-law was informed. I'll show it off Saturday at a wedding shower!
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