What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Your wisdom teeth will be the very last teeth to come in. We often notice these third molars for the first time when taking x-rays. Unfortunately, if you don’t have adequate room for them to come in completely, they’ll become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can become painful, infected and inflamed, and they can even damage surrounding teeth and cause orthodontic problems.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal needed?
You may be wondering why you should bother having your wisdom teeth removed. You might not be experiencing any pain currently and don’t think it’s worth the trouble to go for oral surgery. Here are just some of the problems that can arise from your wisdom teeth:
- Pain and infection
- Gum bleeding and inflammation
- Persistent bad breath
- Damage to surrounding teeth
- Orthodontic problems
- Whole-mouth tenderness and soreness
Who is a candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
We can take x-rays of your teeth to determine if you might need wisdom tooth extraction surgery. If you have impacted wisdom teeth, we often recommend coming in for this procedure as soon as possible. The longer that you wait to remove the wisdom teeth, the larger the teeth become. This makes them more difficult to remove and more likely to cause other oral problems.
What happens during the procedure for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Sedation can be administered at home with a pill to help keep you calm and relaxed during the procedure. In office, general anesthesia can also be used. After local anesthesia is administered, a small incision is made through the gum tissue and the underlying wisdom tooth is removed. If necessary, sutures mat be required at the end of the procedure. The surgery can be done in a timely manner in our office. You will need to have someone else, like a friend or relative, bring you home from the procedure because of undergoing sedation. Recovery varies from patient to patient, depending on an individual’s response to the surgery.
If you think you might need to have your wisdom teeth removed, call us today at 858-350-9977, and we can get you in for a consultation appointment.