Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars located at the back of your mouth. You may not need to remove them if they grow completely healthy and are positioned correctly. But many times, they do not have enough room to grow properly. When your wisdom teeth do not erupt fully, they may lead to several problems.
In such a case, they remain hidden under your gums. In other cases, they emerge partially through the gums or crowd nearby teeth. All these events call for wisdom teeth extraction.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Extraction Important?
When you visit us for routine check-ups, we will check your dental health. We may recommend removing your wisdom teeth if they are impacted. It is because impacted wisdom teeth may lead to many potential problems like tooth infection, tooth decay, and damage to the surrounding teeth. When it erupts incompletely, it becomes tough to maintain your oral hygiene, because of which you may also develop periodontal disease. Impacted wisdom teeth may lead to other problems like tooth loss and bone loss.
How is the Surgery Performed?
Your wisdom teeth extraction takes 45 minutes to complete. We will give you sedation so that you do not feel pain or discomfort throughout the surgery. We may choose from among the various forms of sedation like nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or intravenous sedation. After administering it, we will numb the wisdom teeth and surrounding tissues with a local anesthetic.
We will make an incision in your gum area and remove the tissue covering your wisdom teeth. Your impacted wisdom teeth may be fully or partially covered with bone. We will use a high-speed handpiece to remove such covering.
After the teeth are visible, we will use surgical instruments and loosen them from the connective tissues of the sockets. If the removal is difficult, we may even section the teeth into smaller segments to allow easy removal.
What Happens After the Surgery?
Now that the teeth are removed completely, we will add stitches and close the area. The sutures will heal in some time. We will offer you a gauze to bite down to help the blood clot in the area of extraction. You may feel some effects of the sedation after the surgery, but they will fade away in some time. Ensure you do not drive home alone.
Use an ice pack to control the swelling on the site of surgery. Rinse your mouth using salt water and avoid consuming hard foods and smoking.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Orange Family Dental, call (619) 280-4861 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit Dentist in San Diego, CA at 4205 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105.