Wisdom Tooth Removal in San Diego
All About Third Molars
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear around the age of 17. People can have between one and four, more than four, or none at all. Wisdom teeth removal procedures are generally quick and easy. If you undergo IV sedation for this procedure, you will need a responsible adult to drive you home after the surgery. Wisdom teeth are removed by an oral surgeon, who is extensively trained in the safe administration of anesthesia and complex surgical procedures.
Wisdom teeth rarely develop without causing problems. Third molars can lead to serious and costly problems in the future that jeopardize your oral health. When a wisdom tooth grows sideways and cannot break through the gums, it is considered to be impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth must be removed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon because it will not properly erupt into the dental arch on its own.
Leaving wisdom teeth untreated can cause:
- Misalignment of other teeth
- Gum disease, which can lead to tooth decay
The Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure in San Diego, CA
During your consultation, one of our board-certified surgeons will discuss your oral health goals and design a solution based on your needs. Wisdom teeth removal procedures are generally quick and easy, and many patients undergo general anesthesia, which requires a responsible adult to drive them home after the surgery.
We will provide you with post-operative instructions, which outlines everything you need to know about your recovery, the recommended diet to follow, and how to maintain oral hygiene. You can expect to rest for the first 24 hours. Post-surgical pain can be managed with pain medication and ice packs. During the healing process, be sure to brush your teeth gently around the extraction sites and rinse your mouth to prevent food buildup.
Bank Stem Cells From Wisdom Teeth
Although wisdom teeth are often healthy, they are typically removed because there isn’t enough room for them. They contain many stem cells, and researchers are studying various therapeutic applications. More patients are opting to bank stem cells from wisdom teeth so they can be readily available when they need them.
Types of Anesthesia
The right anesthesia will depend on the complexity of your procedure and your level of anxiety.
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Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQs
Can wisdom teeth come in as an adult?
Yes, wisdom teeth can develop at any age. Typically, third molars develop during the mid to late teen years. Others may have wisdom teeth their entire lives without experiencing problems, but this is very rare.
Can wisdom teeth fall out?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop in the mouth. Since there are no teeth beneath them, they will remain inside the mouth until extracted by a surgeon. It’s very rare that a wisdom tooth will develop in line with other teeth and never cause problems. That’s why many dental professionals recommend having wisdom teeth removed in the early stages of their development, so that future issues can be avoided.
Why do wisdom teeth hurt?
The average mouth can only accommodate 28 teeth. This can cause some problems when an additional set of molars try to push their way in. A common symptom of wisdom teeth is pain, as a wisdom tooth can push into the other molars and cause them to fall out of alignment.
How are wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth are removed by an oral surgeon, who has undergone many years of hands-on surgical training. Patients are typically put to sleep with general anesthesia and wake up when the procedure is over. While you are comfortably asleep, your surgeon will make small incisions in your gums to expose and remove the wisdom teeth. If a wisdom tooth is already erupted, it can simply be removed with forceps. Any incisions will be stitched closed, and your recovery will begin.
How long does it take to heal after having wisdom teeth removed?
Many patients return to their normal routines within a week after having wisdom teeth extracted. This time may vary depending on the number of wisdom teeth that were removed and the complexity of the surgery. You will be provided with detailed post-operative instructions to ensure you have a smooth and speedy recovery. These instructions will help you prevent dry socket, which is a painful condition where the blood clot in the socket becomes dislodged.
What happens if I get wisdom teeth with braces?
Your orthodontist measures the progress of your braces regularly. This involves X-rays and imaging, which can detect the presence of wisdom teeth. If any are detected by your orthodontist or general dentist, you will be referred to an oral surgeon to have them removed.
Is it wisdom teeth or a toothache?
Pain or tenderness in the back of the mouth can indicate the presence of wisdom teeth. You should schedule a visit with your dentist or an oral surgeon if you are experiencing pain. Any pain or soreness in the front of the mouth could be a toothache that does not involve wisdom teeth, since wisdom teeth are only in the back of the mouth. You should schedule an appointment if the pain does not subside and can use salt water rinses or cold compresses to help manage the pain.
How Can We Help?
If you have questions, would like to learn more about a procedure, or wish to schedule an appointment, give us a call. Our board-certified surgeons and attentive team are here to help.