The doctors at Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center offer wisdom teeth removals in Reedley, CA. If your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, you may be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. We can help — we specialize in wisdom teeth removal.
Wisdom teeth typically grow in around the ages of 17 and 25, although they can erupt in the mouth earlier or later. These teeth, also known as third molars, are often unable to fit into their proper positions because many patients simply do not have enough room in their mouth to accommodate an extra set of molars. Left untreated, where they cannot properly come in, can lead to a host of complications, such as impaction, dental crowding, shifting of teeth, and pain, among other issues.
Early detection and treatment is the key to preventing complication. Routine dental exams well in advance of the eruption of these teeth is a recommended part of your dental care plan. If you are referred to our office for wisdom teeth extraction, you will come in for a consultation and exam. X-rays will also be taken during this time for your oral surgeon to determine the treatment plan that is best for you.
Why should wisdom teeth be removed?
Given their size and position in the mouth, wisdom teeth are often incapable of growing in their proper positions. Wisdom teeth are often recommended for removal before the root structure develops because it is easier on the patient and prevents the following oral health complications:
- Impaction 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, causing 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?
In general, wisdom teeth are removed between the ages of 13 and 20, but it is more important to consider the developmental stage of the teeth than the age of the patient when deciding the optimal time for wisdom teeth removal. Adolescence is often a better time for the patient because the teeth are smaller and easier to remove, which makes for an easier recovery.
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 your schedule.
About the Procedure
Wisdom teeth removal is a common oral surgery procedure. You will start with a consultation with an oral surgeon, who will inform you of your procedure. Anesthesia options will also be discussed and determined. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are highly trained in anesthesia administration for patients of all ages. The consultation appointment presents the perfect opportunity to discuss any questions you may have. At Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center, our oral surgeons want to make you feel comfortable, informed, and safe. No question is too small to ask.
IV anesthesia, which many patients choose for their wisdom teeth removal procedure, will put them in a sleep-like state until the procedure is over. You will not remember the procedure, and you will not feel any pain during the surgery with this option. You will not be fit to drive after your procedure, however, so you will need to bring a designated driver with you to this appointment.
The wisdom teeth will be removed once the anesthesia has been administered. The surgeon will need to lift the gum tissue to expose the tooth if the tooth is partially or completely beneath the gums. Sometimes, to completely remove the tooth, the tooth will need to be sectioned into smaller pieces. 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.
You will need to keep your surgical sites clean while you heal, which usually takes a couple of weeks. For the first few days after the procedure, a soft food diet is often recommended. After a few days of rest, most patients find they can return to their normal schedule and activities.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Reedley, CA
Contact our office in Reedley, 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 surgeons.