Wisdom Teeth are your third molars and are the last molars to erupt in the back of your mouth. Their name comes from the fact that they usually begin coming in between the ages of 17 to 21, which has been called the coming of age time period (or the period of wisdom) in a person’s life. While many teens and adults develop a full set of permanent teeth, they do not realize that their third molars are present because they are impacted. Impacted molars form beneath the surface of the gums and are often undetectable without regular dental examinations.
Why should I get my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth removal is necessary because patients are more susceptible to other problems when they keep their molars, including
- Bacterial growth, gum disease, & tooth decay
- Misalignment of healthy teeth
- Swelling, stiffness, tenderness, & pain
- Bad breath in the mouth caused by periodontal disease
- Increased risk of tumor growth and cyst development
It is very rare that an individual’s jaw bone is large enough to accommodate third molars comfortably and without the risk of causing these issues.
What does removal require in Modesto, CA?
Your course of treatment depends on the root development and position of the molars. If they have fully grown through the gums, they can be extracted like any other tooth; however, when they are still beneath the gums, they will require a surgical procedure. During treatment, an incision is made into the gums, and any bone that lies over the tooth is removed. When the tooth is extracted from the mouth, the tooth will be extracted in smaller pieces to minimize the amount of bone that is removed.
Most thirds extractions require a local anesthesia (an injection to numb the gum around the tooth being extracted). Intravenous (IV) sedation may also be utilized to help ease any pre-surgical anxiety you may have. We will discuss with you what type of anesthesia is best for your needs. Before your procedure, you will receive a thorough oral examination, X-rays, and possibly 3D scanning of the mouth to determine the position and size of the teeth.
The surgeons at Greater Modesto Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Center recommend that the wisdom teeth be removed early, usually during the mid to late teens. The removal and recovery process is generally much more rapid if wisdom teeth are removed early. Please contact us to make an appointment in Modesto, CA today.