Extraction of Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth usually develop in our late teens and early twenties. Wisdom teeth are extracted when there is an issue with the way they are growing in and also when the dentist feels that letting them erupt will cause complications.
One of the most common reasons for wisdom teeth getting extracted is when they become impacted. When a tooth is impacted, it means that it is set in the jawbone in such a way that it will not erupt correctly. There can be bone covering an impacted tooth, and in some instances, impacted teeth can be set sideways in the jaw. Other times, wisdom teeth simply fail to erupt. If the dentist determines that letting them break through will cause crowding in the mouth, that is another reason why extraction may be recommended. Additional reasons for extraction are if wisdom teeth have experienced decay or if they only erupt partway through the gum.
Before the extraction surgery, the dentist will administer localized anesthesia to the area. In some cases, additional sedation may be used. During the procedure, the dentist will make an incision and remove any overlying soft tissue or bone that may be blocking the tooth. Once the crown is exposed, the wisdom tooth can either be removed whole or by cutting it into smaller pieces. Once the tooth is removed, the incision will be closed with stitches. It is usually common to have all of the teeth removed at once, but there may be some instances in which that is not the case. In order to heal properly from the procedure, it is important to follow all of the aftercare instructions given to you by your provider.
If you would like to have your wisdom teeth evaluated, contact our expert in dental extraction to set up a consultation.
Toothaches are usually preventable with good dental care. Brush and floss thoroughly twice a day to control plaque and bacteria, and visit our expert in treatment of toothache in Los Angeles periodically for cleanings and exams. Most people should visit about every six months, but if you smoke or have other risk factors, you may need to schedule more frequent visits.
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