Preventing Wisdom Teeth From Changing Your Smile

santa rosa wisdom tooth extractionWhen you or a family member begin to approach your 20s, this could mean the risk of wisdom tooth eruption. This means up to four new molars in the rear of the mouth, causing major changes to your smile. To prevent these complications, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons talk about extracting wisdom teeth.

The Dangers of Wisdom Tooth Eruption

For some, only a few of the wisdom teeth could erupt, while others could see all four arriving. When they do, there is often little room for them. Which means their arrival could cause dental misalignment and with it, negative changes to smile beauty and an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. They could also damage nearby teeth, which also leads to a higher risk of decay and infection. A painful partial eruption known as an impaction could occur. Without treatment, these pose a serious risk to the health, function, and beauty of your smile. Fortunately, we can safely and gently treat them to protect your smile!

Preparing Your Smile for Tooth Extraction

First, we will want to take digital x-rays to identify the position of these teeth, so we can plan the procedure in detail and avoid any blood vessels, nerve tissues, or sinus cavities. Our team also takes steps to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. We administer a local numbing agent to the area where these teeth will be treated. We also have dental sedation, with options like nitrous oxide and oral or IV sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure.

Removing Your Third Molars

The procedure will be completed in-house, no need to head to another location. We will prepare you and then open the gums above the teeth so we can access and remove them. Once we do, our team will suture the area closed. A friend or family member can take you home as the sedation takes time to wear off. With detailed aftercare instructions and prescriptions for any necessary medications, your healing period will be fast and comfortable, and we can remove the sutures after a day or two. You then return to your normal activities, with your smile preserved.

If you have any questions about how we approach wisdom tooth extraction, or if you or a family member need a consultation for the procedure, then contact our team today to learn more and start your journey to a healthier smile!

Talk To Your Santa Rosa, CA Oral Surgeon About Tooth Extraction

Sometimes saving your smile means we need to gently and carefully remove a tooth. If you would like to learn more about extracting wisdom teeth before they erupt, then contact your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons by calling (707)545-4625.