Wisdom teeth, often called third molars, grow in during the mid to late teens and are often associated with oral health problems, which is why we typically recommend removal in Santa Rosa, CA. The molars are large and grow in at the very back corners of the mouth, and they often don’t have enough room to grow properly. Inadequate space can result in impaction, which can cause infection, dental crowding, root damage, cysts, and even tumors. You can contact our office in Santa Rosa, CA, to learn more about having these teeth extracted.
Why should I get my wisdom teeth removed?
While not everybody needs these problematic molars extracted, removal is commonly recommended as a preventive procedure. Third molar growth is unpredictable; patients generally develop four wisdom teeth, but it’s possible to have fewer than four or even more than four. Our office recommends early removal to prevent the molars from having any chance of causing more serious problems. Problems generally caused by wisdom teeth include
- Impaction. The teeth become stuck beneath the gums and cannot surface into the proper position.
- Infection. The molars cannot grow properly and become susceptible to infection because they are difficult or impossible to clean.
- Root Damage. The teeth are so large that they grow in at an angle towards your healthy teeth and causing damage to their roots.
- Dental Crowding. The size of the teeth can also affect the alignment of your healthy teeth, as they try to make room for themselves they can push your nearby teeth into each other.
- Cysts and Tumors. When bacteria and infection are left untreated, cysts and even tumors can form around the teeth.
Removing your third molars early helps prevent these health issues from ever occurring. You can visit our office in Santa Rosa, CA, for a consultation to find out if you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted.
The Removal Procedure
The first step in the process is the consultation appointment, during which Dr. Daniel will examine your mouth, the position of your teeth, and whether the molars pose a risk to your oral health. If he determines you need them removed, we will schedule an appointment for a later date to perform the procedure.
At your surgical appointment, you will undergo anesthesia before Dr. Daniel extracts the teeth. He will discuss your options for sedation at your consultation so when you arrive for the removal, the decision will already have been made. Once the anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Daniel will expose the wisdom teeth in the gums and carefully extract them. In some cases, it may be necessary to break the tooth into smaller pieces, which makes the removal and subsequently the recovery process easier. After the teeth are extracted, Dr. Daniel will stitch up your gums and send you home to rest.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Santa Rosa, CA
Extracting third molars is one of the most commonly performed procedures at our oral surgery office in Santa Rosa, CA. They can be removed at any age, but we strongly recommend visiting our office for early removal around the mid to late teens. You can learn more by browsing the pages on our website or by calling our office. Our staff would be glad to answer your questions and schedule you a consultation appointment.