How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?


Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that erupt sometime during your late teens or early twenties. For most of us, they’re fully developed by age 30. But wisdom teeth are difficult to clean and often find themselves impacted in the bone or against adjacent teeth, requiring removal.


These third molars are called wisdom teeth because they usually come in later than other teeth, when most of us are a bit older and wiser. While some people have no problems with their wisdom teeth and they come in just fine, other people have third molars that are impacted, meaning they don’t erupt into the mouth all the way or come in at an angle. When this happens, wisdom teeth can crowd other teeth and cause pain.


Impacted wisdom teeth that are left untreated can also lead to other problems, such as gum disease, tooth decay, and even cysts. That’s why wisdom tooth removal is often recommended.



When Should Wisdom Teeth be Removed?

There is no one answer to the question of when wisdom teeth should be removed. Some people never get their wisdom teeth or need to have them removed. For others, wisdom teeth can cause a variety of problems, including pain, crowding, and infection.


The decision of whether or not to remove wisdom teeth is one that should be made by you and our San Diego dentist, after considering all of the pros and cons of oral surgery. On the one hand, wisdom teeth removal is a fairly simple and straightforward procedure that can help to avoid future problems. On the other hand, you’ll need to take some time off for recovery, meaning missed work or school.


If your wisdom teeth are positioned in a way that put other teeth at risk or are prone to continued reinfection, we highly recommend having them removed. The benefits of wisdom tooth removal go beyond just preventing soreness or hard-to-clean teeth. Ultimately you want to do what you can to keep the adjacent teeth as healthy as possible. If your wisdom tooth is impacted against one of them, you run the risk of double the dental problems.


How are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom tooth removal involves numbing the area around the tooth and then removing it, sometimes in smaller pieces. This method is generally considered to be the safest and most effective way to ensure your comfort without any damage to the adjacent teeth or oral tissues.


You can choose to be fully awake or sedated during a wisdom tooth removal. Your comfort and personal preferences will determine the next steps. However, our San Diego dentists typically recommend sedation so that you can relax as best as possible during the procedure. That being said, it’s not uncommon for some people to have their wisdom teeth removed using only local anesthetic to numb those areas of their mouth.


Surgical Wisdom Tooth Removal vs. a Standard Dental Extraction

There are typically two different types of dental extractions we perform in San Diego: simple extractions and surgical extractions. With surgical wisdom tooth removal, the procedure is typically quicker and the patient is normally receiving some type of sedation to tune things out. But it can be performed under local anesthetic as well. Surgical extractions may require segmenting the tooth in order to remove it.


With a simple dental extraction, the procedure involves fully erupted teeth that are more accessible, removing them because of aggressive tooth decay, periodontal disease, or other non-restorable conditions.


The wisdom tooth removal process is almost always a surgical extraction, due to the nature and positioning of these third molars.


Wisdom Tooth Extraction Near Me

It’s generally recommended that you schedule a consultation to discuss the removal of wisdom teeth once you’re in high school and before college, or if you’re starting to experience painful swelling in the back of your mouth. Fifth Avenue Dental Arts offers San Diego wisdom tooth removal consultations to help you get all of the answers you need. Contact our office today to request a no-obligation dental exam.

Fifth Avenue Dental | Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Fifth Avenue Dental Wisdom Teeth Extraction


Why do you have to get your wisdom teeth removed? Usually, it’s because of their increased risk of infection.

Most of the problems caused by wisdom teeth are because they’re more prone to decay, gum disease, or impaction. The benefit of wisdom teeth removal is that you can prevent additional complications in your adjacent healthy teeth.

Since preventative dental care allows most of us to keep our teeth healthy for life, there’s less of a chance that you’ll have extra space for your wisdom teeth to fill. The lack of room in your jaw can lead to a host of complications, not to mention pain.

Why Do You Have to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Ultimately, wisdom teeth extraction in Downtown San Diego is recommended to keep your smile healthy overall and eliminate any pain. The problems caused by wisdom teeth typically include scenarios like:

  • Impaction against adjacent teeth
  • Cysts inside of the bone
  • Decay in wisdom teeth and the next tooth
  • Periodontal infections
  • Crowding and tooth movement throughout your smile

Since wisdom teeth can erupt at an angle, they frequently become wedged against the tooth that’s next to them. This scenario can damage or even kill those teeth, depending on how the wisdom tooth is positioned. All of that pressure can push your teeth forward, creating a chain reaction that leads to crowding or crooked teeth at the front of your smile.

Partially erupted wisdom teeth are impossible to thoroughly clean with a toothbrush and floss. Since food debris and plaque can slip under the edge of the gums, it can stay there and cause eventual decay and gum disease. Both of these conditions are capable of spreading into adjacent teeth, costing you more than just the loss of your third molars.

Although the standard of care is to treat periodontal infections or decay with therapeutic steps, wisdom teeth typically become reinfected in a short matter of time. For that reason, removing them prevents recurring disease and eliminates the risk to other healthy teeth in your mouth.

Why do Wisdom Teeth Get Removed at Certain Ages?

Wisdom teeth begin developing early on during childhood. However, we usually don’t see signs of eruption until the teen or early college years. In fact, these third molars can continue developing through your late 20s and may not be fully formed until you’re nearly 30 years old. So even if you make it through high school without any issues-or college for that matter-you may not be completely off the hook.

Depending on how quickly your wisdom teeth develop, they can be taken out while you’re in high school, college, or even a young professional who is out on your own for the first time.

The earlier we’re able to screen for wisdom tooth complications, the more proactive we can be about taking them out. That way you can avoid complications in other teeth before pain or chronic infection develop.

Proactive wisdom tooth extraction reduces your chances of toothaches and keeps your smile healthy overall.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction San Diego

At Fifth Avenue Dental Arts, our San Diego dentists can tell if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed by taking a full-mouth X-ray or scan. This image will show us how your third molars are positioned and if there are any issues already going on. From there, we can plan the next steps, even if it’s just a “watch and wait” approach over the next several years. Or maybe we’ll see that they’re positioned in a compromising way that needs to be addressed immediately.

The benefits of wisdom teeth removal make it possible to maintain the health of your surrounding smile. If you suspect that you or your teen needs to have their wisdom teeth removed-or are experiencing problems caused by wisdom teeth-contact Fifth Avenue Dental Arts today. We’ll reserve an exam to evaluate your wisdom teeth and provide a professional assessment of what’s going on. Our San Diego dentists are happy to answer any questions you may have!