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Given how they grow in at peculiar angles and lead to problems like cavities in hard to reach places, wisdom teeth are often painful and damaging to your oral care. The good news, however, is that the dentists at our San Diego office can help.
The Issue with Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth can help with chewing more thoroughly, but only if they come in correctly. The molars usually come through at an awkward angle. They create crevices you can't reach when brushing or flossing, which leads to cavities or more serious issues, like gum disease. They can also be very painful, as they push against the rest of your teeth, gums, and cheeks, causing stiffness in your jaws, swelling, and overcrowdedness, especially if you have a small mouth. In other cases, wisdom teeth don't fully erupt, which can cause a cyst and impact the integrity of the other teeth and the bone supporting them.
Given all of these effects, extraction is often recommended to those with wisdom teeth, although each case is assessed through x-rays to determine if it really is the best method.
In general, the following are examples of when you need to visit your San Diego dentist for an examination:
- Damage to neighboring teeth
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
Note that wisdom teeth are sometimes removed because of other treatments. Someone in need of braces will need to have their wisdom teeth removed, for example.
If you decide not to have your wisdom teeth pulled out, the American Dental Association recommends constant monitoring of them to avoid future issues.
For more information about wisdom teeth extractions, contact one of your Omni Dental oral health care providers, Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, or Dr. Tabibzadeh, in San Diego, CA, today! You don't need to continue living in pain or worry—call 619-224-5000!
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.
Chances are that most of the adults you meet will have had at least one, if not all of their wisdom teeth extracted. An estimated 85% of American adults eventually have their wisdom teeth removed, typically in the early to mid-20s (although they usually begin to erupt in the late teens). Wisdom teeth are the last set of adult molars, and are often impacted, which means there is not enough room for them to fully erupt. They may grow at an odd angle, become stuck under the gums, or even become infected, which is why extraction is so common. The dentists at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, recommend that teenagers and young adults in particular schedule a dental exam every six months (the American Dental Association recommendation for all adults) in order to monitor the progress of their wisdom teeth as they begin to develop and erupt.
Wisdom Teeth Evaluation and Extraction in San Diego, CA
So how do you know if you're one of the roughly 85%? Many people experience pain and discomfort as their wisdom teeth begin to erupt, but some people don't experience any symptoms at all. If the teeth have enough room to fully erupt and can be properly cleaned when you brush and floss, the dentist may determine that you do not need to have them extracted. However, if they do not have enough room to fully erupt, they can cause other oral health problems like crowding, which affects your bite and alignment, or tooth decay and gum disease if they trap bacteria.
Find a Dentist in San Diego, CA
The only way to know if you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted is through a dental exam. If you are experiencing pain or signs of an infection, contact Omni Dental by calling (619) 224-5000 to schedule an appointment with a dentist in San Diego today.