Wisdom Teeth Removal in Reedley, CA
Protect Oral Health With Early Removal of Third Molars
The doctors at Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center offer wisdom teeth removal in Reedley, CA. If your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, you may be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Our expert team 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. Leaving these teeth 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 key to preventing complications. 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 and 3D scans will be taken during this time, and options for anesthesia will be discussed. This will allow your oral surgeon to determine the treatment plan that is right for you.
Reasons to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed
Given their size and position in the mouth, wisdom teeth are often incapable of growing into the mouth properly. 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, which often leads to infection due to bacteria and germs hiding in the space created by the impacted tooth.
- Infections, which can spread to healthy teeth and bone tissue, causing pain and other problems.
- Cysts and tumors, which can develop from an untreated infection, cause permanent bone damage and be very painful.
- Damage to the adjacent teeth, which can occur when wisdom teeth are left to grow sideways.
- Dental crowding, which occurs when teeth are pushed together. This can happen when wisdom teeth grow sideways and force 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 Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
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.
If you are recommended for wisdom teeth removal, it is a good idea to schedule your procedure around a break from work or school. This allows for adequate rest and recovery time with minimal disruption to your schedule.
About the Surgical Procedure
On the day of your surgery the procedure will begin with your previously determined option for anesthesia. IV anesthesia, which many patients choose, will put you 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. If you choose to undergo general anesthesia or IV sedation you will need to bring a designated driver with you to this appointment. Once you are sedated and comfortable the surgeon will lift the gum tissue to expose the tooth. Sometimes, for complete removal, 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 the anesthesia wears off. Your designated driver will take you home and should stay with you for 24 hours until the anesthesia fully wears off.
You will need to keep your extraction sites clean during the healing process, beginning one day after surgery rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Pain and swelling is common for the first few days after surgery but easily managed with ice packs and ibuprofen. You will need time to rest but most patients find they are able to return to their normal schedule and activities after just a few days.
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Store Stem Cells From Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth contain stem cells, which are used in regenerative medicine. When you have your wisdom teeth removed, your oral surgeon can harvest these powerful cells and send them to a secure laboratory. Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center is partnered with Stemodontics®, a leading stem cell banking service, to keep your stem cells readily available for future use. Protect your future health today and ask your surgeon about stem cell banking.
Types of Anesthesia
Our surgeons offer many options for anesthesia and sedation to ensure your comfort during treatment.
Hear From Wisdom Tooth Removal Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing wisdom tooth removal at our office.
Reviews From Our Wisdom Tooth Removal Patients
Antonio Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"My overall experience here was great. They were very welcoming, and they put my mind at ease. The doctors at, Fresno Oral Surgery, really know their stuff. I felt like I was in really good hands here. The surgery here was really successful. Staff here are really friendly, you know. After the surgery, they walked me out back to my car. Recovery was very fast and easy, and I was all ready able to eat a juice-fat steak in no time. I would recommend Fresno Oral Surgery because it is very welcoming, inviting, and they really know their stuff here."
Katelyn Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"I was having some issues with my wisdom teeth for a while, so I had to have them removed. I was pretty nervous coming in, but everybody was very calm and welcoming and answered any and all questions that I had about the procedure. The staff was amazing. Dr. K was very warm and kind — very personable and answered any questions that I had about the procedure. I had an extremely good experience here, and if I ever had to have anything done again, I would definitely come here. I would give Fresno Oral Surgery five out of five stars, for sure. For my friends and family in Fresno and Dinuba, I would highly recommend Fresno Oral Surgery."
Justin Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Right when I walked in, it was just a really nice and happy place to be. The doctors at Fresno Oral Surgery were very nice and everything was very professional. They explained everything to me which made me feel very comfortable. The procedure went very fast and I woke up feeling fine. The recovery was very quick and I was just able to do what I normally do within the next day. I had a great experience here and I highly recommend the doctors here at Fresno Oral Surgery. "
Tokunbo Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"I came to Fresno Oral Surgery because I was in need of having my wisdom teeth pulled out. To be honest, I wasn't having any pain or issues; my dentist felt that it would be a good idea to go ahead and get it taken care of now before it became a problem. Dr. Barnhart's office was very welcoming, so coming in for the procedure, I felt very comfortable. Dr. Barnhart was very personable. She sat down, eye level, next to me, answered all my questions. She said that since I was a nurse, she figured I'd have more questions than the usual person, so she took her time and was very kind and considerate as well. The recovery was very easy, and I was actually good to go the next day. I didn't have much pain at all. If I knew anyone around Fresno or Tulare, CA, that needed to have a similar procedure that I had done, I would definitely recommend Dr. Barnhart. I've actually recommended her already."
Durand Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"My description of the practice here at Fresno Oral Surgery is an environment that is very welcoming. From the moment I entered the door, the staff was friendly. By the time I got to the doctor, I was more at ease than I would have ever imagined. She is very compassionate and makes you connected immediately. Everything that was described in our consultation actually came through fruition, which was great. I can say that I not only had a good experience, I had a great experience, and I would highly recommend Fresno Oral Surgery."
Frequently Asked Questions
How should I prepare for wisdom teeth removal?
Do not smoke or ingest alcoholic beverages for at least 8 hours prior to surgery. Please brush your teeth prior to your appointment. This will help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth and lower your chance of an infection. You must bring a responsible adult who can drive you home.
How do you brush your teeth after wisdom teeth removal?
As soon as possible, it is important to gently brush your teeth. Make sure to avoid the surgical sites with your toothbrush. Continue to brush your teeth and keep your mouth as clean as possible. If you were given a prescription-strength mouth rinse it is important that you use that as directed.
Do they put you to sleep for wisdom teeth?
Before they begin your wisdom teeth removal surgery they will inject the extraction site with local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area. If you're particularly nervous, your dentist or oral surgeon may give you a sedative to make you more comfortable and help you relax. This will usually be an injection into your arm.
Do sutures prevent dry socket?
Preventative measures, like the placement of the sutures and packing, can be taken by your oral surgeon to limit the risk of complications like dry socket. It is also recommended that you avoid straws as they can dislodge blood clots from the tooth socket and increase the risk of dry sockets.
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