Millions of teens and adults undergo wisdom teeth removal each year. At Select Dental & Orthodontics in Torrance, California, the team of restorative dentists and oral surgeons specializes in wisdom teeth removal. Using sedation dentistry and a minimally invasive approach, the procedure is simple and easy. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth are located at the very back of your mouth. There are two in your lower dental arch and two in your upper dental arch. They break through your gumline after all of your other teeth, sometime during your late teens or early 20s.
Because wisdom teeth are the last of your teeth to emerge, there isn’t always enough room in your mouth for them. If your wisdom teeth are impacted (unable to break through your gumline) or difficult to keep clean, the team at Select Dental & Orthodontics might recommend extractions.
Consider making an appointment with the team at Select Dental & Orthodontics if you have any of the following symptoms:
If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, you might also have difficulty opening your mouth.
To diagnose wisdom-teeth issues, the Select Dental & Orthodontics team reviews your dental records and asks about your symptoms, including when they started and if you’ve tried any at-home treatments, like taking over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication.
Next, the team completes an oral exam and takes a series of digital X-rays. If your X-rays show that your wisdom teeth are impacted, they develop a treatment plan to prevent additional issues.
At Select Dental & Orthodontics, the team removes impacted wisdom teeth during an outpatient procedure.
Prior to removal, they administer anesthesia to numb your gums and tongue. If you have dental anxiety or low pain tolerance, you might also benefit from sedation dentistry.
After the anesthesia sets in, the team uses special tools to carefully access your wisdom teeth. They extract each wisdom tooth, rinse the sites with an antiseptic solution, and pack the empty sockets with gauze. When the anesthetic wears off, it’s best to have a friend or family member drive you home.
After wisdom teeth removal, you won’t be able to fully open your mouth or eat regular foods for about a week. During that time, you should get plenty of rest, keep your mouth hydrated, and take your medication as prescribed. You may experience some pain, swelling, and discomfort in the first few days. Take it easy and follow the team’s recovery instructions.
Call Select Dental & Orthodontics today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about wisdom teeth removal.