By Omni Dental
October 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth  

Dental extraction is a procedure for removing teeth that have become more of a problem than a benefit for your smile. One of the most common reasons for dental extraction is a complication related to the wisdom teeth. See a dentist at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA to find out if it’s a good idea to have your wisdom teeth removed!

What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Also called third molars, the wisdom teeth are an extra set of four teeth that are located at the farthest reaches of the gum line, near the place where the upper and low jaws hinge together. They are evolutionary tools, designed to make it easier for human beings to thoroughly chew their food. However, wisdom teeth are optional for many patients. If they get in the way, they can be removed without any major effect on the patient’s dental health.

When to Have Them Extracted
Ideally, wisdom teeth should be removed as soon as they begin to present a problem and your San Diego dentist may suggest removal of one or all of them at the same time. Reasons for wisdom teeth removal include:

- Pain and aching at the back of the mouth
- TMJ disorder (jaw clicking, popping, and pain)
- A jawline that’s too small to comfortably support four more teeth
- The wisdom teeth won’t properly emerge from beneath the gum line, which can lead to infections
- The wisdom teeth have grown in horizontally instead of vertically, pushing against the other molars (also called impacted teeth)

The Extraction Process
Dental extraction sounds a bit scary for some patients, but it is actually a very straightforward and relatively fast procedure. The area is sedated with Novocain so that you won’t feel anything (conscious sedation may also be an option). After adding a few stitches to each quadrant where the teeth were removed, you’ll have a short recovery period. Your dentist will suggest anti-inflammatory pain medication to manage any discomfort and ice packs for swelling. In a few days, you’ll be as good as new and back to normal dental functions!

Get a Dentist’s Opinion
With X-rays, a dental exam, and information from you about your level of discomfort, your dentist can determine if it’s a good idea to have your wisdom teeth removed. Call 619-224-5000 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, or Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA.