Having teeth removed sounds like a big deal, but it may be worth it if you’re suffering from pain or infection due to impacted wisdom teeth or other problems with your third molars. Russell Coser, DDS, and the skilled dentists at Dental Excellence of South Bay in Torrance, California, keep you comfortable and relaxed while your teeth are extracted. If you think your wisdom teeth are causing you problems, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Wisdom teeth are the third and last set of molars at the back of the mouth. They’re called “wisdom” teeth because they grow in as a person becomes an adult, somewhere between the age of 17 and 25. When they grow incorrectly, wisdom teeth are helpful for chewing and don’t cause any problems.
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for wisdom teeth to have problems as they erupt from your jaw. If you have pain, signs of infection, cavities, symptoms of gum disease, and other dental problems, your wisdom teeth may be:
In some cases, wisdom teeth are removed to assist orthodontic care, or when your dentist at Dental Excellence of South Bay has concerns that your molars could displace other teeth.
Wisdom tooth removal is an outpatient procedure at Dental Excellence of South Bay that usually takes less than an hour. Your dentist wants you to be relaxed and comfortable, so you have both local anesthesia to numb your gums and nitrous oxide — also known as laughing gas — to make you feel calm. In some cases, IV sedation or general anesthesia are used so you’re asleep during the procedure.
When you’re sufficiently numb, your experienced dentist makes an incision in your gums and then uses tools to remove your molars. Your dentist then closes the incision with dissolvable stitches. They may place some dissolvable gauze inside the wound to help stop bleeding.
Anesthesia affects everyone differently. If you had local anesthesia, you might be able to return to work or drive after your procedure. If you've had general anesthesia or you feel drowsy, someone else needs to drive you home.
Most people don’t have much pain after wisdom teeth extraction. You will have some swelling and mild discomfort, which usually subsides in a few days. Your mouth can take 1-2 weeks to heal fully.
Your dentist at Dental Excellence of South Bay gives you specific instructions about what to eat and drink, what to avoid, and how to care for your mouth so you have a fast, successful recovery after your procedure.
To learn more about wisdom tooth removal surgery, call the office or schedule an appointment online.