Wisdom teeth extraction is a common oral surgery procedure that we perform regularly. While the idea of having surgery performed in your mouth might seem daunting, wisdom teeth removal — and any of the other procedures we offer — shouldn’t feel intimidating. In fact, it is a routine service we are experienced in providing.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, usually start to come in between the ages of 17 and 25. They appear at the very back of the mouth: two on the top and two on the bottom. For some, they appear without issue. For others, however, the teeth may be impacted (not fully emerging from the gum) due to crowding of other molars, or they might come in at an angle or in the wrong position.
When Extraction Is Needed
Wisdom teeth need to be removed when they are impacted, over-crowded, or come in at an angle. Your dentist will look at your mouth holistically and determine if the presence of your third molars will affect the health of your other teeth and mouth overall. Various complications can occur from partial eruptions, so your dentist will be on top of any potential issues and will suggest extraction when appropriate.
What To Expect From The Procedure.
If extraction is right for you, on the day of your procedure, you will receive either local anesthesia or, for more complicated cases, IV sedation. Regardless of the sedation type, you will be comfortable and relaxed. After the extraction, your dentist will send you home, typically with a family member or friend, to rest. You will only be able to eat soft foods for a few days.
Contact Us To Learn More About Wisdom Teeth
If you have more questions about wisdom teeth or would like to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, by calling 949-630-0143.