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The wisdom teeth, as they are commonly referred to, are the last posterior teeth to develop and erupt inside the mouth. They are called “wisdom” teeth because they come in during the later teenage years when people are said to be growing in wisdom. While it is typical for everyone to grow 32 permanent teeth, the jaw is often not large enough to accommodate the last four teeth that develop. The lack of space can cause huge issues inside the mouth, making wisdom teeth removal a necessary procedure.

One of the main reasons that people have such trouble with their wisdom teeth coming in is that there is such a long gap between the other teeth coming in and then the wisdom teeth coming in – sometimes up to four years later. The mouth has become unaccustomed to teeth erupting, and it has settled into a nice, permanent shape. This is especially true if orthodontic treatment has been done on the mouth, and the teeth are in their desired positons. When the wisdom teeth try to push their way into a mouth that has no room for them, serious problems can occur.

  • Infection – swelling and infection of the gums can cause significant pain and have a negative impact on chewing functions.
  • Damage to other teeth – when pain exists around a tooth, it makes cleaning adjacent teeth more difficult. These leaves multiple teeth susceptible to decay.
  • Crowding – wisdom teeth can undo years of expensive orthodontics, causing the permanent teeth to move and shift into unwanted positions to accommodate the wisdom teeth. This is the most common reason for preventive removal of wisdom teeth.

The best time to extract wisdom teeth is before their root systems have time to fully develop. Because these teeth do not develop along the same time table as the other teeth, their roots are usually shallow and easily extracted. Having the wisdom teeth removed sooner rather than later also allows for a quicker and easier recovery.

At Crabapple Dental, we are here for all your dental health needs. We take the time to fully educate our patients on the necessity for any procedure so that they feel in control and at ease. We are committed to providing exceptional care. Please contact us today.

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 39 reviews

Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

Linda S.

Dr. Roberts and her entire staff are very friendly and professional. Dr. Roberts has a great "bedside manner" and clearly explains what she needs to and why, in a very calming manner. She is a perfectionist in her work, and I can honestly say I've never experienced pain during several crown procedures. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone.

Skyler S.

Every time I walk into Dr. Roberts' office, I feel at home. The establishment is clean and welcoming, and the staff is so friendly! I live in Atlanta, and I still make the trip up to Alpharetta just to go back to Crabapple Dental because I appreciate everything they do so much. They always have the most up to date technology and tools that makes my mouth feel more clean each time I go. Definitely recommend!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123