Byron L. Carr, DMD, FAGD

Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

July 17, 2022
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Posted By: Byron L. Carr, DMD, FAGD
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With age comes wisdom and, oftentimes, wisdom teeth. Most people have wisdom teeth, but we no longer use them as we did millennia ago. Many moons ago, our ancestors used their wisdom teeth to chew roots and other foods before modern cooking made them easier to eat. 

The appearance of wisdom teeth is a dental milestone that usually occurs in early adulthood, between ages 17 and 21. Wisdom teeth can crowd the mouth, create an imbalanced bite, and lead to other oral health issues. Your Temecula dentist in CA offers gentle, pain-free wisdom tooth extraction at our dental office. 

Reasons for Extracting Wisdom Teeth 

Wisdom teeth are third molars in the back of the mouth and may not need removal if they’re healthy, fully erupted, correctly positioned, and can be thoroughly cleaned. 

The American Dental Association states wisdom teeth removal may be necessary if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Cysts 
  • Tumors
  • Gum disease 
  • Severe tooth decay 
  • Damage to surrounding teeth 
  • Recurring infection 

Some dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth if they don’t fully emerge. To avoid potential problems, many dentists also recommend removing wisdom teeth at a young age before the roots and bone fully form. Removing wisdom teeth from a young age can also mean a faster recovery.

What Happens during a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

Your dentist starts by numbing the area so you don’t experience any pain or discomfort during your procedure. 

Your dentist then:

  • Makes a small incision in the gums to expose the tooth and bone
  • Removes a tiny bit of bone to better access the tooth’s root
  • Divides the tooth into sections for easier removal 
  • Gently removes the tooth 
  • Cleans the extraction site
  • Seals the wound to promote healing
  • Places gauze over the extraction site to control bleeding 

After your procedure, your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions for after-care and recovery, including:

  • Dietary limitations
  • Exercise and activity limitations
  • Medications
  • Pain management
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Oral hygiene 

Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Temecula, CA 

Do you have painful wisdom teeth? Please give us a call today to schedule your consultation with our Temecula dentist! 

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