Dentists frequently recommend wisdom teeth extraction to help patients avoid a number of different oral health complications. At Fifth Avenue Dental Arts in Downtown San Diego, California, Ramin Ghassemi, DDS, MS, Nina Mojaver, DMD, and the team specialize in providing safe, effective, and comfortable wisdom tooth extractions. To find out if your wisdom teeth require extraction, request an appointment online or by phone today.
The wisdom teeth or third molars are the teeth located at the very back of your mouth. The wisdom teeth are the last set of adult teeth to emerge, typically erupting after you reach the age of 18.
In many cases, wisdom teeth cause pain, swelling, and discomfort as they begin to erupt. Depending on the size of your jaw and the way your wisdom teeth grow, they can cause many serious oral health complications. Wisdom teeth extraction is a procedure used to relieve pain and prevent these complications.
One of the major reasons wisdom teeth are extracted is impaction. An impacted wisdom tooth is a tooth that doesn’t have enough room to emerge fully and develop normally. An impacted wisdom tooth can grow at an angle, jeopardizing nearby teeth. An impacted wisdom tooth can transfer pressure to nearby teeth, causing changes to the alignment of your smile. Impacted wisdom teeth can also grow straight up but remain trapped beneath the jawbone.
If your wisdom tooth breaks through the gum line improperly, it can leave a flap of gum tissue near the partially erupted tooth that can trap bacteria and plaque, increasing your risk for gum disease. If your wisdom tooth doesn’t erupt and remains in the jawbone, it can cause a cyst or fluid-filled sac to develop.
Because wisdom teeth are located at the very back of your mouth, it’s difficult for many people to clean them correctly. If your wisdom teeth are especially difficult to reach when brushing or flossing, an extraction can help you avoid tooth decay.
At Fifth Avenue Dental Arts, your wisdom tooth extraction begins with a thorough examination. Your doctor reviews your medical history, X-rays, and oral health to determine if a wisdom tooth extraction is right for you.
The specifics of your procedure depend on the complexities of your wisdom teeth. If your tooth has emerged and grown straight up, a simple extraction may be used to remove it effectively. If your wisdom teeth are impacted or grow at an angle, a surgical extraction is required to cut through your gum tissue and bone. The practice offers several anesthetic options to keep you comfortable during the procedure, including local anesthesia and oral sedation.
After wisdom teeth extraction, it’s normal to experience some pain and swelling. Your doctor may prescribe painkillers or antibiotics to help you recover. To speak with a doctor about your wisdom teeth, request an appointment at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts by phone or online today.