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Wisdom Teeth Extractions

San Diego Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Between our late teens and early- to mid-20s, our third set of molars starts to appear at the far end of the jaw. These molars, called wisdom teeth, should not cause any problems if they are growing normally. However, some wisdom teeth grow at an unusual, uncomfortable angle. Others grow inside of the gum and the gums fail to open up, resulting in what is called an impacted tooth. In some areas, the areas around the wisdom teeth get filled with cavity-causing food particles and they are so far back in the mouth that regular tooth brushing can never reach the area. In the long run, these problems can lead to infection and inflammation that would require wisdom tooth removal in San Diego. Wisdom teeth surgery can be carried out by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or dentist.

San Diego Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure

The oral surgeon begins with an assessment of the wisdom tooth and makes recommendations based on his findings. Some wisdom teeth develop normally and fit perfectly well with the rest of the existing teeth, causing no problems. Others may or may not be removed due to other underlying conditions and risk factors.

Any infection must be treated first before surgery can commence; this can take between one and two weeks. A panoramic dental X-Ray and a localized X-ray will show the surgeon precisely how the tooth is positioned.

Because wisdom tooth removal requires anesthesia, the doctor does a routine checkup of the patient to ensure that there will not be complications from other health issues. Pregnant women and those with heart and lung problems are advised against the procedure.

There are three types of anesthesia used in wisdom tooth removal:

  • Local anesthesia
  • General anesthesia
  • Laughing gas

To remove the tooth, incisions are made in the gum, separating the tooth from the surrounding tissue and any bone covering it. Some wisdom teeth are positioned so awkwardly that the surgeon must break the tooth into smaller pieces to make it easier to extract.

San Diego wisdom tooth removal requires sutures. Immediate post-op care includes a soft diet, cold or warm compresses, avoiding the excessive physical effort, refraining from smoking, and careful brushing. Sutures should go away within a week or two. Swelling in the location of the surgery and of the face is common and should go down in a day or two.

Risks of Wisdom Tooth Removal

Without proper care, or when complications arise during surgery, some problems may arise. These may include:

  • Bleeding after the 24-hour period
  • Difficulty with opening the jaw
  • Numbness of the face and lips, even after the anesthesia has worn off
  • Excessive swelling
  • Damage to other existing dental work

But, in the hands of an expert oral and maxillofacial surgeon in San Diego, such as the team that runs Irresistible Smiles, you can rest assured that your wisdom tooth surgery will be handled expertly and carefully. We make sure that you are well aware of all your options and that the treatments you receive are the best in San Diego.

Schedule your checkup today! Call Irresistible Smiles at (858) 755-8993 (San Diego clinic), at (619) 656-6785 (Chula Vista) and at (760) 798-1768 (San Marcos).