Wisdom Tooth Removal Cerritos CA

Wisdom Tooth Removal

WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTION IN CERRITOS CA

If you’ve recently gotten your wisdom teeth, you might be hearing that it’s a good time to get them removed. But even if you’ve had wisdom teeth for a while, getting your wisdom teeth extracted might help with hygiene and gum health. If you are looking for a dentist who can perform wisdom teeth extraction in Southern California, Dentist of Cerritos can help.

WHAT ARE WISDOM TEETH?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, the last teeth in the mouth. “Wisdom teeth” are called that because they are the last permanent teeth to erupt in the mouth, and it happens in early adulthood as you become “wise.” The average age for wisdom teeth to appear is between 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth actually start to form under the gums around age 7 and can be seen on X-rays usually at around 12.

WHY DO WISDOM TEETH NEED TO BE REMOVED?

Not everyone develops wisdom teeth, and not everyone who has wisdom teeth needs them removed. However, the vast majority of people do have them removed due to space reasons and as a preventative measure. Here are four reasons why you might want your wisdom teeth removed:

What's the Difference Between An Erupted And Impacted Wisdom Tooth?

Overcrowding: Wisdom teeth are large and bulky and typically cause overcrowding in the mouth. This is one of the main reasons why they are removed.

Pain During Eruption: Because there may not be enough room for the wisdom teeth to come in properly, once they start erupting, they can be painful. Wisdom teeth can also become impacted, which can result in jaw pain and headaches.

Gum Health and Hygiene: Your mouth may have enough room for wisdom teeth. However, even if your teeth aren’t being crowded out, reaching back to brush and floss wisdom teeth can be very difficult. This can contribute to gum disease. For this reason, you may get your wisdom teeth removed to help improve your gum health.

Sinus Complications: Any sort of problems or infections surrounding the wisdom can impact the sinuses due to how close they are, causing sinus pain or pressure.

Wisdom Tooth Removal in Cerritos CA
 Wisdom Teeth Removal Cerritos CA

WHEN SHOULD I HAVE MY WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTED?

Very often, we recommend removing wisdom teeth even before they come in to avoid problems as they erupt. This is why so many teenagers have wisdom teeth extractions. We can tell via an X-ray whether the wisdom teeth are likely to cause problems while they are still under the surface. If you are already an adult and are having issues due to your already-visible wisdom teeth, then now is the right time.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL?

Before your wisdom teeth are removed, we will perform a complete exam and take X-rays and any other necessary images to determine whether wisdom teeth need removal. Wisdom teeth extraction is a dental surgical procedure, and you will be guided on how to prepare before your appointment, which might include taking some pain medication beforehand.

HOW ARE THE WISDOM TEETH REMOVED?

There are two main ways to extract wisdom teeth, depending on their positioning and visibility. The first is a simple extraction, which occurs with fully erupted teeth in good health. These are removed with forceps. Surgical extraction is necessary for any teeth that are impacted (even partially) and/or have issues such as infection or disease. This process involves working with the tissue around the tooth to remove the tooth. Self-dissolving sutures are put into place after the process is complete.

IS WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTION PAINFUL?

We do everything we can to make wisdom teeth extraction as pain-free as possible. You may be given an oral medicine to take before the appointment, and other sedation and numbing methods may be used. We will explain all your options prior to the procedure. Any lingering pain after the procedure can be handled with over-the-counter pain medicine.

WHAT DOES WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTION COST?

Please speak with our friendly dental staff to determine the costs of your wisdom teeth extraction. It will depend on your insurance and the type of extraction. In some cases, we may be able to remove the teeth individually to spread the cost, though this lengthens the treatment time, and financing is available so you may not need to take this route.

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ARE THERE ANY COMPLICATIONS FROM WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTION?

Wisdom teeth extraction complications are rare but come mainly in two types: dry socket and infection. Dry socket occurs when the open wound does not clot as it should. An infection of the area can occur if instructions aren’t followed. Be sure to take any and all prescribed antibiotics for the entire prescribed course, as stopping antibiotics early can cause issues.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER FROM WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION?

Provided you follow our aftercare instructions, you should be able to recover in about two weeks.

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