When we reach our early adulthood, we could see up to four new teeth erupt in the rear of our mouth. The third oars, also known as wisdom teeth, could lead to serious trouble with our oral health. But we can protect your smile by extracting these teeth! In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist talks about wisdom tooth extraction.
The Dangers of Wisdom Teeth
As we approach our late teens and early adulthood, we could see up to four new molars erupt in the rear of the mouth. There is often little room for these teeth, and the arrival could mean serious trouble for your oral health. For example, you could be more likely to develop misalignment, as teeth shift upon the arrival of your third molars. Misalignment alone increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Wisdom teeth could also damage teeth to cause infection, and could only partially erupt, to cause painful impactions. But our tram can save your smile by extracting these teeth prior to their arrival!
Preparing Your Smile for Surgery
Our team will plan the procedure in detail with digital x-rays, so we can pinpoint the position of the teeth and ensure we can remove them gently and without complication. Our team will numb the area with a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable, and we may also recommend sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure. Our team could recommend nitrous oxide, or possibly oral or IV sedation. The option we choose will depend on factors like age, weight, medical history, any medications you’re taking, and anxiety levels.
Gently Extracting Your Third Molars
Once you’re comfortable and we’ve planned the procedure in detail, we will use a pair of forceps to gently treat the teeth. We then suture the areas closed and may apply special medications to ensure a complication-free healing period. We can remove sutures in a follow up visit, and you usually only need to rest for about 48 hours before you can return to your normal routine. If you have any questions about how we plan and complete a tooth extraction, or if you or a member of your family has wisdom teeth soon to erupt, then please reach out to our team about treatment. We want to help you enjoy your best smile in 2024, and that starts with an initial visit to our office!
Make an Appointment with Our Team Today
If you have third molars poised to erupt, then call Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA today at 949-630-0143. Our team wants to help you maintain a strong and healthy smile for years to come, avoiding uncomfortable complications.