Let’s Prevent Wisdom Tooth Impaction

santa rosa extracting wisdom teethWhen wisdom teeth arrive, this could lead to a painful tooth impaction and threaten the alignment, health, and beauty of your smile. To avoid these complications, you need to have your wisdom teeth removed before they even arrive. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons talk about avoiding wisdom tooth impaction with a tooth extraction.

The Dangers of Your Third Molars

As we approach adulthood, up to four new teeth could arrive. These additional molars erupt in the rear of the mouth, and without removal could cause serious trouble. For example, they could have little room, which means a painful partial eruption known as an impaction. Other complications include dental misalignment, infection, and damaged teeth. These new teeth can cause major problems for your smile, which is why we recommend removing them before they even arrive. If you or a member of your family are in your late teens or early 20s, then you should talk to our team about potential wisdom tooth removal.

Planning the Process

Our team will begin the process of extracting wisdom teeth by taking detailed digital x-rays of your smile, so we can pinpoint the position of these teeth and plan an extraction that prevents contact with nerve tissues or sinus cavities. When we’re ready, we will numb the area where the removal takes place, and also administer a dental sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state. We have multiple sedation options, and the one we choose will factor in your age, eight, medical history, and anxiety levels. Our team has experience with oral surgery, and in fact are part of the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Trauma Team!

Removing Your Third Molars

Our team will then open the gums above the teeth so we can access and remove them. Once we do, we will suture the area closed. Since sedation takes time to wear off, a friend or family member can bring you home. We will provide detailed aftercare instructions and prescriptions for any necessary medications, so we can help you facilitate a complication-free healing period. After a day or two you can return to normal activities and we will remove the sutures. In that time, avoid activity, eat soft foods, and avoid straws. Be gentle when you brush and floss, and don’t prod the extraction site with your tongue.

If you have any questions about how we safely and gently extract wisdom teeth, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Extracting Third Molars?

Our team wants to help safeguard smiles for patients entering their adult years. If you would like to learn more about addressing your third set of molars, then contact your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons by calling 707-545-4625.