Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to emerge in the mouth, typically appearing between the ages of 17 and 21. While some people experience normal  emergence of their wisdom teeth, many others face complications due to a lack of space in the jaw.  At Foothill Center for Dental Implants and Oral Surgery near Altadena, CA, we offer safe and effective wisdom teeth removal procedures to address these issues and prevent future problems.

Why Wisdom Teeth Cause Problems

Unlike our ancestors, who relied on tougher foods requiring extra grinding power, modern diets are generally softer, putting less strain on our jaws. Consequently, our jaws tend to be smaller than they were in the past. This limited space can cause wisdom teeth to become impacted, meaning they are unable to erupt fully or properly through the gums.

Complications of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to a variety of problems, including:

  • Pain and discomfort: Impaction can cause persistent pain, tenderness, and swelling in the jaw.
  • Infection: Partially erupted wisdom teeth can trap food particles and bacteria, increasing the risk of infection.
  • Crowding: Impacted wisdom teeth can crowd or push against other teeth, misaligning your bite and affecting your smile.
  • Damage to other teeth: The pressure of impacted wisdom teeth can damage neighboring teeth, requiring additional dental work.
  • Cyst formation: In rare cases, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to the formation of cysts, which are fluid-filled sacs that can damage the jawbone.

Benefits of Early Wisdom Teeth Removal

Early wisdom teeth removal, typically in the late teens or early twenties, offers several advantages:

  • Easier procedure: Younger patients generally have less developed root structures, making extraction simpler and less invasive.
  • Faster recovery: Adolescent and teenage patients tend to heal more quickly and experience less discomfort after surgery.
  • Reduced risk of complications: Removing wisdom teeth before they become impacted can significantly reduce the risk of future problems like infection, cyst formation, and damage to other teeth.

Your Wisdom Teeth Removal Consultation

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s important to schedule a consultation with an oral surgeon to discuss wisdom teeth removal:

  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Difficulty chewing or opening your mouth
  • Redness or tenderness in the gums around the wisdom teeth
  • Crowding or shifting of your teeth
  • Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth

During your consultation at Foothill Center for Dental Implants and Oral Surgery, our Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Christopher Chan, will perform a thorough examination of your mouth, including X-rays, to assess the position of your wisdom teeth and determine if removal is necessary. We will discuss all your treatment options, answer any questions you may have, and address any concerns you might have about the procedure.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

Wisdom teeth removal is typically performed under IV sedation.  The specific details of the procedure will vary depending on the position and complexity of your wisdom teeth. In general, Dr. Chan will make an incision in the gum tissue, remove any bone that is blocking the tooth, and then extract the wisdom tooth.  Following the extraction, he will close the incision with stitches and provide you with postoperative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

Regain Your Oral Health with Wisdom Teeth Removal Near Altadena

At Foothill Center for Dental Implants and Oral Surgery, our experienced team will guide you through the entire wisdom tooth removal process, providing compassionate care and ensuring your comfort throughout the procedure. Don’t wait until you experience pain or complications.  If you have any concerns about your wisdom teeth, contact us at (626) 792-3161 to schedule a consultation for wisdom teeth removal today.