Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to develop, often growing in around the mid to late teens. These third molars are larger than your other teeth, and because they grow in at the back of the mouth, they often don’t have enough room to develop properly. If your mouth is too small to accommodate their growth, it can cause the wisdom teeth to grow incorrectly or become impacted beneath the gums. To prevent these problems from occurring, Dr. Daniel recommends early wisdom teeth removal at our office in Rohnert Park, CA.
Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth are incredibly inconsistent in their growth, and whether you need them removed depends on you as an individual. Some patients don’t develop wisdom teeth, others develop anywhere from one to four teeth, and still others develop even more than four wisdom teeth. It’s important to visit your dentist for regular visits so they can look out for signs of wisdom teeth growth and recommend you to an oral surgeon for removal. Removing wisdom teeth is a preventive solution for the variety of issues associated with their growth. When your mouth isn’t large enough to properly house wisdom teeth, they typically become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth (hyperlink to impacted wisdom teeth page) can result in much more serious consequences if they are not removed. The most common complications associated with impacted wisdom teeth include
- Infection. When wisdom teeth become stuck beneath the gums, they cannot be brushed or cleaned, making them extremely susceptible to infection. If this infection is not treated, it often spreads to the gums and surrounding teeth.
- Dental Crowding and Root Damage. Even though impacted wisdom teeth are stuck, this does not stop them from continuing to grow. Unfortunately, impacted wisdom teeth tend to grow in at an angle towards your other teeth, causing them to shift and crowd each other and throwing them out of alignment. This crowding often also results in root damage of your nearby teeth.
- Cysts and Tumors. Just as infection can form around wisdom teeth, so can cysts and tumors. The longer the wisdom teeth are exposed to bacteria and not cleaned or removed, the more likely it is that a more serious problem, such as cysts and tumors, will occur.
Fortunately, avoiding these problems is as easy as having your wisdom teeth removed. Undergoing early wisdom teeth removal at our office in Rohnert Park, CA, ensures these issues never have a chance to occur. Removing wisdom teeth in the early stages of development also makes for an easier procedure and recovery process.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
The wisdom teeth removal process differs with every patient and is based on several factors, including the number of teeth that need extracting, the stage of development, and the type of anesthesia used. Dr. Daniel will discuss all of these factors with you at your consultation appointment so that you are fully aware of every aspect of your treatment before undergoing surgery. You will also receive pre- and post-operative instructions to help you prepare for treatment and recovery.
The surgical procedure typically lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Patients who undergo IV anesthesia usually report that they hadn’t even realized the procedure had started when it is already over. Once your anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Daniel will carefully expose the wisdom teeth in the gums and gently remove them. In some cases, he may break them into smaller pieces for an easier extraction process. After the extraction, he will stitch up your gums, and you can return home (you must be accompanied by a responsible adult if you received IV anesthesia).
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Rohnert Park, CA
Dr. Daniel is proud to provide wisdom teeth removals to patients of all ages living in the Rohnert Park, CA, and surrounding communities. If you think you need your wisdom teeth removed or you have been referred for third molar extractions by your dentist, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.