As you approach adulthood, you could experience the eruption of up to four new teeth. The wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, could cause major problems for your smile, leading to impaction and even misalignment. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons discuss how we gently remove these teeth before they cause problems!
The Dangers of Your Wisdom Teeth
Each of us have wisdom teeth, some as little as one to two, while others have four. These erupt in the rear of our mouth in our teen and adult years, and could make major negative changes to your smile. Since there is no room for them, their arrival could cause misalignment, damaged teeth, or even infection. They could also only partially erupt, a complication known as an impaction. To avoid discomfort and changes to your smile’s function, balance, and health, you need to have these removed before they erupt.
Gently Extracting Them
We always make sure our patients are comfortable during treatment, which is why we offer not only a local anesthetic, but dental sedation too. We have varying levels for varying levels of anxiety, so you remain calm and comfortable with little to no memory of the procedure. We then plan the procedure with detailed digital x-rays and intraoral camera images, so we can locate the teeth and also avoid sinus cavities and nerve tissues. We then gently open the gums above the teeth so we can remove them. The area is then sutured closed. The entire process could sometimes take as little as 30 minutes.
A friend or family member can bring you home and we will send you with prescriptions for any necessary medications to aid in the healing process. We will remove sutures in a follow-up visit. For the first day, be sure to rest, avoid solid foods, and avoid poking or prodding the extraction site. We also recommend extraction to address orthodontic issues, remove infected teeth, or make room for dental implant dentures. We always strive to ensure the process and the recovery is a simple and comfortable one.
If you have any questions about how we address wisdom teeth, or about the process of removing a tooth completely, then contact our team today to learn more. With oral surgery, we want to help preserve the health, function, and beauty of your smile, preventing major negative changes to your smile.
Do You Have Questions About Your Third Molars?
Extracting your wisdom teeth could help protect the health, beauty, and even the stability of your smile. If you have any questions about how we plan and implement a tooth removal, then contact your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons by calling 707-545-4625.