The Danger Of Your Wisdom Teeth

santa rosa wisdom teethAs we approach adulthood, up to four new teeth could arise that cause serious problems for your smile. To avoid impaction and other complications, your Santa Rosa , CA, oral surgeons could recommend safely and comfortably removing wisdom teeth before they erupt. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about what to expect from this process.

Painful Impaction

Over the past few millennia, our smiles have evolved to comfortably accommodate 28 teeth. But if all four of your wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, erupt, this could mean 32 pushed into the same space. For many, the result is a painful partial eruption known as an impaction, along with misalignment, infection, discomfort, and even damaged teeth. Which is why our team wants to remove them before they even erupt. If you’re approaching adulthood, or you have a teenager in high school, then consider coming in for an exam. With advanced CBCT technology, we can gather detailed x-rays using a fraction of the traditional employed with traditional systems. We then identify your teeth, assess their risk, and decide if an extraction is necessary.

Tooth Extraction

If a tooth is in need of removal, we will use the detailed x-ray images to plan the treatment with precision, so we avoid sinus cavities or nerve tissues. We administer a sedation option to help you enter a deep state of calm and relaxation, and a trained anesthesiologist will monitor you. Next, we open the gums above these teeth so we can access and remove them. The extraction site is then sutured closed. We will provide detailed aftercare instructions and medications, and will remove the sutures in a follow-up visit. The procedure takes about 30 minutes, and you usually return to normal activities after a day or two of rest.

Replacing Missing Teeth

If we ever extract your teeth due to injury, decay, or fiction, then you could have a gap in your smile that needs to be addressed. By preserving the extraction site and your ridge, we can ensure your smile is ready for implant placement once the removal site heals. Dental implants look and function like natural teeth, and have the potential to last for decades or even a lifetime. If you have any questions about extracting your wisdom teeth, or about addressing tooth loss with implant dentistry, then contact our team to learn more. We strive to help people in our community enjoy their best and healthiest possible smile.

Do You Have Questions About Oral Surgery?

We would like to help you enjoy good oral health with a general tooth extraction To learn more about preventing issues associated with wisdom tooth eruption, then schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.