As we approach our late teens and early adulthood, up to four new teeth could erupt in the rear of your smile. Wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, could then cause serious problems for the health and function of your smile. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons explain how we prevent these issues with tooth extraction.
The Dangers of Your Wisdom Teeth
For a few, the arrival of the teeth could mean minimal changes to the smile. However, for most people one to four more teeth erupting in the rear of the mouth could cause the onset of dental misalignment changing the balance of the bite and the appearance of your smile. They could also only have room to partially erupt, causing a painful impaction that could damage teeth to lead to infection. The care needed to restore the smile following their eruption could mean multiple procedures and treatments.
When to Seek Extraction
However, the care to avoid these issues means one visit. We suggest anyone in their late teens approaching adulthood schedule a cavity, or have a parent schedule one for their child, so we can take a close look at the smile. With advanced digital x-rays and digital scanning technology, we can look beneath the gums to see the wisdom teeth and gauge when they will likely erupt. We then plan the extraction to remove them and avoid possible complications completely.
Removing Your Teeth
We begin by administering sedation and a numbing agent to the area around the teeth. Once we know you’re comfortable and relaxed, we will open the gums above the teeth to access and remove them with a pair of forceps. We then place mediation into the area and suture the site closed. A trained anesthesiologist will be on hand the entire time monitoring your vitals, and the sedation we recommend will depend on your medical history and level of dental anxiety.
What Happens Next?
Following your visit, we will prescribe any necessary medications and schedule a follow-up visit to remove sutures. We want to make sure you experience a comfortable and complication-free healing period! Should you ever undergo an extraction due to damaged teeth or gum disease and have a gap left behind, we could discuss replacement with advanced dental implants. If you have any questions about how we remove wisdom teeth or about the extraction process itself, then contact our team today.
Ready to Address Your Third Molars?
Our team would like to help you avoid the long-term complications of wisdom tooth eruption. To learn more about removing teeth safely and comfortably, or to schedule a consultation, call Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.