Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set that typically emerges at the back of the mouth during late adolescence or early adulthood. While some wisdom teeth come in without causing any problems, others may experience issues requiring extraction. At Wayne T. Yee, DDS, wisdom teeth extractions are a standard dental procedure to remove these molars and prevent potential complications.
The most common reason for wisdom teeth extractions is insufficient space in the mouth. When there is not enough room for the wisdom teeth to emerge properly, they may become impacted, meaning they cannot fully break through the gum line. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to various issues, including pain, infection, and damage to neighboring teeth.
Wisdom teeth may erupt at awkward angles or positions, causing them to press against neighboring teeth. This misalignment can result in crowding and disrupt the alignment of your existing teeth.
A fluid-filled sac may sometimes form around the impacted wisdom tooth, resulting in a cyst. Cysts can damage the surrounding bone and teeth and require surgical removal.
Wisdom teeth are located at the back of the mouth, making them difficult to clean properly. Poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth decay and gum disease in these molars and neighboring teeth.
Before the extraction, you will be given local anesthesia to numb the area around the wisdom tooth. Sometimes, conscious sedation or general anesthesia may be used for more complex extractions or to help anxious patients feel more comfortable. The dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue to access the wisdom tooth during the extraction. If the tooth is impacted, a portion of bone may need to be removed to access the tooth entirely. The wisdom tooth will then be carefully extracted from the socket.
Once the tooth is removed, the area may be stitched to promote healing. A gauze will be placed over the extraction site to control bleeding and facilitate blood clot formation. After the extraction, you will be provided with aftercare instructions. It is essential to follow these instructions to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery.
Wisdom teeth extractions are a standard dental procedure that can prevent potential complications and maintain oral health. Extraction is often the best course of action when wisdom teeth are impacted, misaligned, or causing other dental issues. If you suspect that your wisdom teeth may be causing problems, contact Wayne T. Yee, DDS, at 3125 Coffee Rd # 1, Modesto, CA 95355, or call (209) 529-2726.