Because your wisdom teeth come in last, they’re also more likely to become impacted. Left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth increase your risk of oral health problems, including tooth decay and gum disease. Family dentist Joo Hyung Kim, DDS, and the team at Park Avenue Cosmetic Dentistry in Pomona, California, regularly perform wisdom teeth extractions on men, women, and teens. To request your wisdom teeth consultation, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Wisdom teeth, or the third molars, are the last of your permanent teeth to come in. They usually break through your gum line sometime between the ages of 17-25.
Because your wisdom teeth sit at the very back of your mouth, they’re also more likely to become impacted. As a result, it’s usually recommended you undergo wisdom teeth extraction.
Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t causing problems, you still might benefit from an extraction. Clinical studies suggest that wisdom teeth are hard to keep clean and access due to their unique location.
The symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth vary from person to person, but telltale signs include:
An impacted wisdom tooth may also become infected and cause a fluid-filled sac or cyst to form around the base of your affected tooth.
To determine if you’re a candidate for wisdom teeth extraction, your Park Avenue Cosmetic Dentistry provider does an oral exam, asks you about your symptoms, and takes a series of X-rays.
During this appointment, you should also make sure to let your provider know about any chronic health problems you have, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, as well as any prescription medications or supplements you’re currently taking.
Before extracting your wisdom teeth, your Park Avenue Cosmetic Dentistry provider administers a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums. Once the anesthesia kicks in, your provider carefully removes each wisdom tooth using a lever and pair of forceps.
To access impacted wisdom teeth, your dentist makes a small incision along your gum line, revealing your jawbone and impacted tooth. Next, your dentist cuts through the bone and separates your wisdom tooth into pieces.
Afterward, your dentist removes the pieces of your tooth using forceps. Finally, your dentist stitches up the incision and places gauze where your teeth used to be to stop any bleeding.
If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or other problems, don’t wait to schedule an appointment at Park Avenue Cosmetic Dentistry by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.