Wisdom teeth removal is a procedure commonly performed to prevent future complications with your oral health. At Ramona Family Dentistry in Ramona, California, the team, including a board-certified oral surgeon, provides safe, extractions using the latest anesthetic techniques. Led by Nathan Christensen, DDS, and Hemant Sachdeva, DDS, Ramona Family Dentistry is a leading provider of holistic dentistry services. To find out if wisdom teeth removal is right for you, call the office, or book an appointment online today.
Wisdom teeth are four permanent teeth located in the back corners of your mouth. The wisdom teeth are the last set of adult teeth that emerge in your mouth. Most people develop wisdom teeth between the ages of 17-25. Although wisdom teeth can erupt normally without causing any issues, typically, this is not the case.
For most people who develop wisdom teeth, there isn’t enough room in the mouth to allow them to develop properly— this is known as an impacted wisdom tooth. Impacted wisdom teeth frequently grow at an angle, jeopardizing the health of your nearby teeth and surrounding structures. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a number of issues with your oral health, including:
Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially emerged can trap food and bacteria in areas that are difficult to clean, increasing your risk for tooth decay. An impacted tooth can also develop a cyst, a fluid-filled sack that can damage your jawbone, teeth, and nerves. Wisdom teeth removal helps you avoid these complications and maintain the health and function of your smile.
During the procedure, you’re given anesthesia to help you relax and prevent any pain or discomfort. Your dentist may administer local or general anesthesia. Ramona Family Dentistry also offers sedation anesthesia to help ensure your comfort through the procedure. The on-site oral surgeon provides safe and effective wisdom teeth removal.
To begin the procedure, the oral surgeon makes an incision to expose the impacted tooth and bone. The surgeon then removes any bone blocking the area and breaks the wisdom tooth into pieces to make it easier to remove. Once all the pieces of the tooth are removed, the area is cleaned and stitched. The surgeon then places gauze over the treatment area to control bleeding and help form a blood clot.
After the procedure, a blood clot forms in the socket of your tooth that helps your wound heal. Be careful not to dislodge the blood clot when rinsing, spitting, or changing your gaze. Pain medication may be used to help you manage pain as you recover. Most patients return to their normal activities within a day, but you should avoid any strenuous activity that could dislodge your blood clot for the next week. To speak with the team about removing your wisdom teeth, book an appointment by phone or online today.