Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to emerge, or erupt, from the jaw. They are your third set of molars and, if healthy, should be left alone. In many of our Sacramento dentistry patients, however, there are problems with the wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth need to be removed (extracted) if the conditions are unhealthy.
When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it is very difficult to clean since the tooth does not erupt (dental-speak for “grow out of the jaw”) properly. This can lead to decay on the wisdom tooth and the tooth next to it. If left untreated, this decay will lead to further issues by causing the bone to dissolve thereby weakening the jaw. If these issues are allowed to develop, it will be considerably more expense to fix the problem. In contrast, removing the wisdom teeth at the first sign of trouble is the least expensive and safest course of action.
Wisdom teeth are best removed if any of the following conditions are present:
They were courteous and kind, prompt with service and paperwork. I had an initial review, cleaning, and wisdom teeth removed. The procedure and everything leading up to it was seamless. Thanks so much for taking care of me!” — Patient James Troutman
Procedures necessary for extraction depend upon the patient and the circumstances. Our Sacramento dentists will assess the health of your wisdom teeth during your regular dental visits and advise you accordingly. Panoramic x-rays, revealing the entire mouth at once, are used in diagnosing wisdom teeth problems and providing recommendations for treatment.
With local anesthesia and sedation, removal of the wisdom teeth takes about one hour. Some patients delay the procedure because their jaw “doesn’t hurt right now.” Your dentist, however, can help prevent greater damage, and expense, that will likely come if impacted wisdom teeth are left in place. Also, the younger the patient, the faster the bone and gums heal from the procedure. So be wise and do not procrastinate when it comes to medically advised wisdom tooth extraction!