For teens approaching adulthood, up to four new teeth could erupt in the rear of the mouth. Their arrival could mean misalignment, damaged teeth, and even a painful partial eruption known as an impaction. But your Newport Beach, CA, dentist can help prevent these complications with wisdom tooth extraction.
The Risks of Your Third Molars
As we approach our late teens and early 20s, up to four new teeth could erupt in the rear of the mouth. There is little room for them, so the arrival could mean dental misalignment, causing crooked or crowded teeth. A partial eruption known as an impaction could occur, as could infected or even damaged teeth. To avoid these negative impacts on the health, function, and beauty of your smile, you may benefit from having these teeth extracted before they even arrive!
Preparing Your Smile for Treatment
First, our team will take detailed digital images of the smile from multiple angles with digital x-rays, so we can identify the position of the wisdom teeth and assess the threat they pose. We can then plan the extraction to ensure we gently and carefully remove the teeth without making contact with blood vessels, nerve tissue, or sinus cavities. Our team will also administer a local anesthesia and even dental sedation to ensure the procedure is a comfortable one, so you feel relaxed and have little to no memory of the procedure afterward.
Extracting Your Wisdom Teeth
Once you’re relaxed and comfortable, our team will then carefully open the gums above the teeth and extract the wisdom teeth with a pair of forceps. We then suture the area closed. The sedation may take time to wear off, so a friend or family member can be on hand to bring you home. We will send detailed aftercare instructions and prescriptions for any medications to aid in the healing process and to keep you comfortable. For the first day, avoid activity, rest and drink plenty of fluids. Eat only soft foods, and avoid straws or prodding the site with your tongue. A clot needs to form as part of the healing process, and we don’t want it to be dislodged, which could cause a painful dry socket. In a follow-up visit, we can remove sutures and make sure the area is healing properly.
If you have any questions about how we address wisdom teeth with a tooth extraction, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Newport Beach, CA Dentist About Addressing Your Third Molars
Our team can help safeguard your smile with a tooth extraction. To find out more about this treatment or schedule a visit, please contact your Newport Beach, CA dentist’s office at (949) 630-0143.