Wisdom Tooth Removal in San Diego
All About Third Molars
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the last teeth to develop. 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 general anesthesia 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. Leaving them untreated can lead to serious and costly problems in the future that jeopardize your oral health. Leaving wisdom teeth untreated can cause:
- Misalignment of other teeth
The Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
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 you 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.
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.
Hear From Wisdom Tooth Removal Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing wisdom tooth removal at our office.
Reviews From Our Wisdom Tooth Removal Patients
McKayla Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, my name is McKayla, I’m from Santee, California, and I got my wisdom teeth taken out by Dr. Koshgerian. Right when you walk in, you just feel really comfortable because there was a warm welcome from everybody, and they all told me exactly what was going on and what was going to happen, and it was really good. The staff was very, very nice. It was really comfortable to be there. Dr. Koshgerian is a very good doctor to me because every question I had, he answered. It just really helps that all the people here were so great. The surgery went really good, and I healed really quickly. I had a great experience, and I highly recommend The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego."
Tzipporah Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, I'm Tzipporah, and I'm from San Diego and Carmel Valley. I came to The Oral Surgery Specialists of San Diego to get my wisdom teeth removed. This practice here is really professional. I felt super taken care of the entire time, and the doctors were very clear with the instructions and made the overall process very smooth. It was just super comfortable and really enjoyable. The staff is also really incredible—super friendly. They were always welcoming me with a smile. The procedure was an absolute success, and I was out of here in no time. Out of five stars I would absolutely give the doctors here five. This place is truly awesome, and it's one of a kind."
Lindsay Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, my name is Lindsay, I am from San Diego, and I came to see Dr. Shelton to get my wisdom teeth out. The people at the office are so friendly, and they were super helpful and kind and patient with me, so it was really nice. Dr. Shelton is super kind and makes you feel really comfortable. It was just so thoughtful that he actually cared about the patient. He wasn’t just there to do the surgery. It was really nice. The surgery went perfect. I would say I had the best experience here. Out of five stars, I would give Dr. Shelton five stars."
Sarah Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, my name is Sarah. I'm from El Cajon, California, and I had my wisdom teeth taken out by Dr. Koshgerian. From my first consultation here, I was so impressed by the kindness of all of the staff. They're very professional, and they really explained everything from start to finish through the whole procedure. Dr. Koshgerian is wonderful. He really explained everything in great detail, from start to finish. He definitely made me very comfortable throughout the whole time, and the one thing I really enjoyed the most was how personable he was. I had a really great experience here with Dr. Koshgerian getting my wisdom teeth taken out. For my friends and family in El Cajon and Chula Vista, I definitely recommend The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego."
Aurora Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Hi, I’m Aurora from Santee, California, and I had my wisdom teeth taken out by Dr. Koshgerian. The office here, they’re very nice. I really like it here. The staff here, they’re very friendly. Made me feel extremely comfortable right off the bat, and very helpful too. Dr. Koshgerian—he’s very nice. It’s easy to talk with him. I could be, like, comfortable around him. The surgery went well. It was really fast. I had a great experience, and I highly recommend Dr. Koshgerian."
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 large 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.
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.