Wisdom teeth are the last to come to the party and the first to depart. Called wisdom teeth because they do not appear until an individual is older and “wiser”, for many the appearance of the third molar is notably brief. Many people do not have a large enough mouth and jaw to support wisdom teeth, so once wisdom teeth sprout up it is time to remove them. Luckily University Dental in San Diego is the expert when it comes to wisdom teeth removal, making the procedure as quick and easy as possible.
Wisdom Teeth are the third set of molars, all of the way in the very back of the mouth. Wisdom teeth do not come in until an individual is between 17 and 25. They are the last set of teeth to emerge in the mouth.
For many, keeping wisdom teeth is simply not an option. The teeth could emerge at the wrong angle, pressing against your other teeth to cause pain and possibly change the structure of the rest of your teeth. Wisdom teeth can also develop so far back in your mouth that they do not come in normally. This is called “impacted” wisdom teeth, and the trapped wisdom teeth can be painful. Similarly, if wisdom teeth are too far back in your mouth they can be difficult to brush and floss, meaning they need to be extracted to avoid cavities or gum disease development. Finally, for some, their mouth simply isn’t big enough for another set of molars.
The wisdom teeth removal procedure is fairly straightforward since the extracted tooth does not need to be replaced by any kind of artificial tooth. Here are the steps of the procedure.
First, an anesthesia will be administered to help you manage the pain during the procedure. Your oral surgeon will choose between local, sedation and general anesthesia depending on how complicated the wisdom teeth removal is expected to be and your pain tolerance.
Once you have been given anesthesia, the surgeon will cut into the gum tissue and remove any bone that blocks access to the root of the tooth. Now that there is a clear path, the surgeon will divide the tooth into easier to manage sections, then remove these sections completely. Now that the tooth is removed, the site of the former tooth must be cleaned of all tooth and bone debris.
In many cases, stitches will be needed to close the wound and promote healing, but in other cases, no stitches are needed. After the wound is cleaned, the surgeon will place gauze over it to stop the bleeding and help to clot the blood.
If you live in San Diego and recently had your wisdom teeth come in, it is time to visit University Dental. Our expert dentists and oral surgeons can exam and x-ray your teeth and determine if you can keep your wisdom teeth or if they need to be extracted. It is better to preemptively determine what to do with your wisdom teeth because things only get more complicated if you wait for issues to arise. If you have any questions or wish to schedule an exam, contact University Dental today by calling (619) 473-2565.