Around 85% of Americans have to have their wisdom teeth removed. Contact the expert oral surgeons at Pinole Oral Surgery, in Pinole, California, if you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth or know that you need extraction. The surgeons have many years of experience and can remove your wisdom teeth quickly and safely. Call Pinole Oral Surgery or schedule a consultation online today.
Why would I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Your wisdom teeth are your last set of molars. They typically erupt when you’re in your late teens or early 20s, long after the rest of your adult teeth emerged.
There are many reasons why you might need to have your wisdom teeth removed. One of the most common reasons for wisdom teeth extraction is overcrowding. If you don’t have enough room in your mouth, your wisdom teeth can push your other teeth together, reducing the space between your teeth and causing overlaps, which can make it harder to clean between your teeth.
You may also need to have your wisdom teeth removed if they don’t wholly emerge from your gums or don’t emerge at all. If your wisdom teeth get stuck in your jaw, they’re impacted and increase your risk of infection and decay.
What happens during wisdom tooth extraction?
The surgeons at Pinole Oral Surgery are experienced at both simple and surgical extractions. During both types of procedures, the surgeon thoroughly numbs your mouth and can provide sedation to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout the surgery.
In a simple extraction, the oral surgeon grasps your wisdom tooth with a special tool and wiggles it loose before pulling it from its socket. However, if your wisdom teeth are impacted, they may need to make an incision in your gums or jawbone to reach the tooth.
How should I take care of my teeth after my surgery?
The oral surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to take care of your teeth after an extraction. For example:
- Gently rinse with a saltwater solution for the first day.
- Stick to soft foods or liquids for a couple of days after your extraction.
- Don’t use a straw as the suction could dislodge the clot in your socket and lead to complications such as dry socket.
Call Pinole Oral Surgery or schedule a consultation online today for expert wisdom tooth extraction services.