Wisdom teeth will typically begin to develop around the time a person reaches adulthood. Unfortunately, if there isn't enough room for the teeth to come in properly, they become impacted underneath the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth will often become painful, infected and cause damage to surrounding teeth. It is best to have these molars removed as soon as it's found that they're a problem.
The main reason for needing wisdom tooth removal is because the third molars can become an issue if they're impacted and left in place. Over time, the wisdom teeth can become severely infected, decayed and even push up against other teeth. This could cause damage to surrounding teeth as well as overcrowding. It is never too soon or too late to have these teeth removed fully.
The best way for us to determine if wisdom tooth removal is necessary is with a dental x-ray. The x-ray allows us to see if any teeth are impacted and if so, the best way to go about removing them. If you need your wisdom teeth to be removed, it is best to have the procedure done sooner rather than later. We will help to create a treatment plan according to the extractions you'll need.
The surgery begins with a consultation and examination. We take x-rays of your teeth and mouth to determine if wisdom tooth removal is necessary. We will then schedule you to come in for the procedure. We will administer sedative of your choice and then make an incision through the gums. We remove the underlying wisdom tooth and suture the gums closed. The process is repeated for any other wisdom teeth within the mouth that have to be removed. You can expect some pain and swelling for the first few days following oral surgery.
Our oral surgeons are all certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, with a combined 60 years of experience and expertise, treating simple to complex cases for both adults and children. If you have questions about having wisdom teeth removed, please reach out to one of the four nearest oral surgery offices closest to you. We have oral surgeons in Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, San Clemente and Newport.