Wisdom Teeth ExtractionWisdom teeth removal is exceedingly common. In fact, you’ve probably had quite a few friends describe their experiences to you — or even offered up advice to you. Even though it is talked about frequently, you might not have a strong grasp of the details of the procedure. In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist will tell you about wisdom teeth and why extraction is often necessary. 

The Basics Of Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars. They typically start to come in between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five. There are four in total, and they are found at the very back of your mouth. Ideally, they appear without any issues, and you won’t have to deal with them. For others, however, they might be impacted by the crowding of other molars, or they might come in at an angle or in the wrong position. If this is the case, your dentist and dentist will likely recommend extraction. 

When You Need Them Extracted

You will probably need your wisdom teeth removed if they are impacted or are affected by overcrowding. Additionally, your oral health professional will look at other issues when determining if extraction is necessary. They will assess if the presence of the third molars will affect the overall health of your other teeth, and they will look for infection in partially erupted teeth. Finally, they will determine if the positioning of the side teeth will cause food to get trapped (causing bacterial growth). Any pain you experience is another important factor that can determine if oral surgery is necessary. 

What Is The Procedure Like?

Before your wisdom teeth are removed, your dentist will take several things into account. They will assess the molars’ condition, the number that needs to be extracted, the complexity of the procedure, the type of anesthesia required, and the overall state of your other teeth. Once all of this has been determined, your dentist will set your appointment. 

On the day of your procedure, you will receive either local anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on your specific needs. After the procedure, your dentist will send you home to rest. You will only be able to eat soft foods for a few days, so make sure you stock up on mashed potatoes, pudding, and ice cream. Your dentist will provide you with helpful instructions to ensure the proper care of your mouth. 

Contact Us To Learn More About Wisdom Teeth Extraction

To learn more about our process for removing wisdom teeth, or if you have any questions, schedule an appointment by calling Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, today at 949-630-0143. We look forward to hearing from you and talking to you.