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Wisdom Teeth Removal in Encinitas, CA

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Despite the positive connotations of their name, wisdom teeth can end up causing pain and other problems for many people. If you or your child are suffering because of these teeth growing in, our experienced and compassionate dentists can help you with painless wisdom teeth removal in Encinitas, CA.

What Exactly Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are also known as the third molars — these are the last set of molars to erupt in the very back of your mouth, usually in your late teens to early twenties. While some people have no issues and their wisdom teeth erupt with enough room to grow in naturally, some people experience problems with their third molars. The teeth may grow in at an angle instead of straight through the gum line, a problem called impaction. Impacted wisdom teeth have the potential to cause damage to the jaws and teeth. It is necessary for impacted wisdom teeth to be removed as soon as possible to prevent further damage. This condition is obvious during routine x-rays during your exam.

When Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

If wisdom teeth are anticipated to cause future problems for a patient, preventive wisdom teeth removal may be recommended. Additionally, if you have impacted wisdom teeth, you’ll likely need them pulled if you experience tooth decay in a partially erupted tooth, damage to nearby teeth or surrounding bone, pain, infection, gum disease, or orthodontic treatment complications when straightening other teeth.

What Happens During Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Wisdom teeth removal is a surgery performed to remove one or more wisdom teeth. It can be performed even if you do not currently have problems with an impacted wisdom tooth, in order to prevent future dental problems. Older adults may experience difficulty with this surgery, whereas complications from wisdom teeth removal happen less in younger adults. Our dentists will perform the following during your wisdom tooth extraction:

  1. Expose the tooth and bone by making an incision in the gum tissue
  2. Access the tooth root by removing bone
  3. Cut the tooth into sections
  4. Remove the tooth, either whole or in pieces
  5. Clean debris from the area
  6. If necessary, stitch the wound closed to promote faster healing
  7. Put gauze over the wound to help a blood clot form and prevent heavy bleeding

Be sure to follow all instructions for aftercare to promote proper healing and maximum comfort. If you have any issues following your extraction, do not hesitate to contact our office. Our priority is to make your experience with your wisdom tooth extraction as comfortable as possible!

Speak with Our Expert Dentists Today About Painless Wisdom Teeth Removal in Encinitas, CA!

Our dentists at McElroy Smiles By Design specialize in painless wisdom teeth removal in Encinitas, CA. If you feel nervous or anxious about your procedure, we also offer a variety of sedative and non-sedative relaxation options to help put you at ease. Learn more about our relaxation dentistry and sedation dentistry options by clicking here.

If you believe you or your child needs wisdom teeth to be removed, call our Encinitas dental office to schedule an examination and consultation. During your appointment, our dentists will be happy to answer all your questions about wisdom teeth and tooth extractions. Your comfort – both physical and emotional – is one of our top priorities! Call 760-230-6638 or click here to request your appointment today!

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