Wisdom Tooth Removal in Long Beach CA

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom Teeth Removal Long Beach, CA

What’s the wise thing to do when it comes to wisdom teeth: keep them or remove them? Our oral surgeons have a few thoughts on the matter.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Located on the upper and lower jaw gum lines, wisdom teeth are the molars far in the back of your mouth. They don’t grow at the same time as your other teeth, lying in wait until the ages of 17-25 to push through the gum line and join the others.

Removing wisdom teeth isn’t always necessary, but most of the time when they erupt from the gum line, they can have a detrimental effect on your overall oral health.

Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Necessary If Nothing is Wrong?

Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t causing pain or problems right now, they can in the future. The longer you keep your wisdom teeth, their potential to cause you harm increases and the removal process becomes harder.

If you experience jaw pain and swelling, contact your dentist or call us today as these issues may be early indicators that wisdom teeth problems could be headed your way.

Wisdom Tooth Removal in Long Beach CA
Wisdom Tooth Removal in Long Beach CA

How Can Wisdom Teeth Impact My Oral Health?

Although most people have wisdom teeth, very few people have wisdom teeth that are actually helpful or grow in properly. Serious issues such as a change in your bite can occur, along with other problems including:

  • Infection and Gum Disease
    Wisdom teeth may only partly grow, trapping food and bacteria, resulting in gum disease and cavities. Partially erupted teeth or those that are impacted can develop pericoronitis, an infection that will require tooth extraction.
  • Tooth Decay
    Wisdom teeth reduce oral health purely because of their location. They are nearly impossible for most people to keep clean, making them susceptible to decay.
  • Tumors and Cysts
    Impacted wisdom teeth can transform into tumors or cysts, causing widespread damage to bones and teeth in the area.

When Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

There is no standard time to have your wisdom teeth removed. A dentist or oral surgeon will determine the best time for removal taking these factors into account:

  • Position of Wisdom Teeth:
    If your wisdom teeth grow in unhealthy positions, root complications, infections and decay can cause problems.
  • Patient Age:
    Most oral surgeons agree that it’s better to have your wisdom teeth removed when you’re younger. This is because the chances of wisdom teeth causing complications are lower when patients are younger. If your dentist recommends wisdom tooth removal, don’t wait too long to take action.
  • Root Formation:
    If your wisdom teeth have attained two-thirds of root formation, the chances of complications with removal increase. If the roots are only one-third formed, it is a perfect time to talk to your dentist about getting them removed.
Wisdom Teeth Dentist Long Beach CA
Wisdom Tooth Removal in Long Beach CA

What is the Wisdom Teeth Removal Process?

The first step is a consultation where we will determine why your wisdom teeth need to be removed and discuss the procedure with you. This is a time to ask questions and give your oral surgeon your complete medical history for best results.

Our oral surgeons will perform either a simple extraction or surgical extraction based on your needs. No matter which procedure is needed, we prioritize your comfort, convenience and safety.

What Will Recovery Look Like After Wisdom Tooth Removal?

You will not be down and out for long after wisdom tooth removal. You will experience swelling and soreness in the beginning – over the counter medication can help as well as any prescribed medications to prevent infection. Attentive care to heal properly and avoid complications are important.

Please contact us immediately if something doesn’t feel right. We are here to optimize your healing and oral health.

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Contact us at (562) 373-0026 to schedule an appointment today if your wisdom teeth are getting in the way of your oral health goals.

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