Wisdom teeth are unnecessary and sometimes impair the proper functioning of your mouth. If you need to extract your wisdom teeth, schedule a visit with Alireza Moheb, DMD, at Unlimited Smiles, Moheb DMD INC. Dr. Moheb performs safe and gentle extractions at the practice’s five state-of-the-art clinics in Walnut Creek, Napa, Vacaville, Oakland, and Martinez, California. To schedule your visit, call the office or use the online tool.
Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars and typically emerge between the ages of 18 and 25. They get their name from the belief that you’re supposed to have attained wisdom by the time they come in.
Wisdom teeth were essential for our early human ancestors, who needed the extra surface to properly chew up their food. But modern cooking technology has made them largely obsolete.
Your wisdom teeth don’t serve a critical role in the proper functioning of your mouth, and in most cases, they can actually impair your oral health. The human jaw has become smaller over time, leaving less room for the extra teeth.
Because there often isn’t enough space in your dental arch to accommodate your wisdom teeth, they can cause crowding in the rest of your mouth and frequently erupt through your gums crooked or sideways.
In many cases, they become stuck underneath your gums or inside of your jawbone. This condition is called impacted wisdom teeth, and it can lead to many oral health concerns, including jaw problems and infections.
The details of your extraction procedure depend on whether your wisdom teeth are impacted.
If your wisdom teeth have successfully emerged, your dentist numbs the tooth and its surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic, then uses a tool called an elevator to loosen it from its socket.
Once it’s sufficiently loose, they remove the wisdom tooth and pack the resulting hole with gauze or close it with sutures.
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, your provider makes an incision in your gum to expose the tooth before removing it. Sometimes, they might cut it up into smaller pieces within its socket to make it easier to remove.
Your dentist sends you home with specific aftercare instructions. Following these instructions can significantly speed up your healing process and make your recovery easier.
Generally speaking, you need to avoid making any sucking motions with your mouth, as you would by drinking through a straw, for example. Your dentist might also suggest switching to a soft foods diet until your gums have had a chance to heal.
To learn more about wisdom teeth or to start the process of extracting yours, call the office of Unlimited Smiles, Moheb DMD INC today or book a visit with the online tool.