The doctors at Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center offer wisdom teeth removals in Madera, CA. Wisdom teeth usually erupt in the mouth around the ages of 17 and 25, but they can develop earlier or later. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are commonly removed because many people simply do not have enough room in their mouth to accommodate an entire extra set of molars. When there is not enough room in the mouth and the wisdom teeth are starting to come in, complications such as impaction, dental crowding, shifting of teeth, and pain can occur, among other issues. If your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, you may be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who specializes in wisdom teeth removal.
Routine dental exams well before the wisdom teeth have fully developed is a recommended part of your dental care plan. This will help determine whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed and can be extracted far in advance of ever causing complications. If you are referred to our office, X-rays will be taken during the exam for your oral surgeon to determine the best treatment plan.
Why should wisdom teeth be removed?
Most people have four wisdom teeth, although the number can vary. Given their size and position in the mouth, they are often incapable of growing into position properly. It is often recommended that wisdom teeth be removed before the root structure develops, which is easier on the patient and prevents oral health problems from occurring, such as the following:
- Impaction (in which a tooth has only partially erupted through the gums) often leads to infection due to bacteria and germs hiding in the space created by the impacted tooth.
- Infections can spread to healthy teeth and bone tissue and can cause pain and other problems.
- Cysts and tumors can develop from an untreated infection, which can cause permanent bone damage.
- Damage to the adjacent teeth can occur when wisdom teeth are left to grow in sideways.
- Dental crowding occurs when teeth are pushed together. This can happen from wisdom teeth growing in sideways, which forces the adjacent teeth inward.
Having your wisdom teeth evaluated well in advance of them coming in allows you and your dental team adequate time to treat your specific dental issues and prevent major complications before they ever occur.
When is the best time for wisdom teeth removal?
It is more important to consider the development of the teeth than the age of the patient when determining the best time for wisdom teeth removal. However, most wisdom teeth are removed between the ages of 13 and 20. Because the teeth are smaller and easier to remove, wisdom teeth removal during adolescence is often easier on the patient.
Scheduling your wisdom teeth removal procedure around a break from work or school is a good idea if you are recommended for wisdom teeth removal. This allows for adequate rest and recovery time with minimal disruption to their schedule.
About the Procedure
Wisdom teeth removal is a common oral surgery procedure. Your treatment will begin with a consultation with your oral surgeon, who will inform you of the procedure and discuss anesthesia options with you. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are highly trained in anesthesia administration for patients of all ages. At Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center, our oral surgeons want to make you feel comfortable, informed, and safe. The consultation appointment is the ideal time to discuss any questions you may have about your upcoming procedure.
Many patients choose IV anesthesia for their procedure, which puts them in a sleep-like state until the procedure is over. If you have chosen IV anesthesia, you will not remember the procedure, and you will not feel any pain during the surgery. You will need a designated driver to accompany you to this appointment.
Once the anesthesia has been administered, the wisdom teeth will be removed. Wisdom teeth that are partially or completely beneath the gums will be extracted by the surgeon lifting the gum tissue. On occasion, wisdom teeth need to be sectioned into smaller pieces to completely remove the tooth and its root. After your wisdom teeth have been removed and your surgical sites are sutured, you will rest until your anesthesia wears off. Your designated driver will take you home.
It is important to keep your surgical sites clean over the next couple of weeks. A soft food diet is often recommended for the first few days after the procedure. After just a few days of rest, most patients can return to their normal schedules and activities.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Madera, CA
Contact our office in Madera, CA, if you or your child need wisdom teeth removed. A member of our staff will be happy to schedule a consultation with one of our highly-trained oral surgeon.