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Wisdom Teeth Specialist

Ramona Dental Group

Dentistry located in Ramona, CA

You might not have room in your mouth for wisdom teeth, the permanent set of third molars that often erupt in later teenage years or young adulthood. If impacted wisdom teeth or crowding causes problems, you can trust the expert team of dentists at Ramona Dental Group in Ramona, California, with your care. They offer wisdom teeth extraction to reduce your risk of dental complications. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to find out if extraction is right for you.

Wisdom Teeth Q&A

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are a set of third molars that can erupt in the back of your mouth in your late teenage years or young adulthood. You may not have enough room in your mouth for them, and if they don’t grow in as they’re supposed to, wisdom teeth extraction can restore oral health and reduce the risk of dental complications. Some people may have fewer than all four wisdom teeth, or none at all.

What are the benefits of wisdom teeth removal?

If wisdom teeth don’t erupt the right way, getting them removed can offer you numerous benefits including:

  • Less crowding
  • An easier time cleaning your teeth
  • Less tooth pain
  • A better bite
  • Improved chewing

You may not require wisdom teeth extraction if you have enough room in your mouth, or if wisdom teeth grow in completely and are positioned correctly.

What are signs I might require extraction?

Your dentist might recommend extraction if your wisdom teeth:

  • Grow in at an angle or horizontally
  • Don’t erupt completely
  • Get trapped within your jaw
  • Are hidden within your gums
  • Get infected
  • Damage nearby teeth 
  • Impede cleaning of adjacent teeth
  • Crowd nearby teeth
  • Are painful
  • Contribute to gum disease or tooth decay

Your dentist might recommend removing wisdom teeth at an early age before tooth roots fully form to make your recovery easier and faster.

What should I expect during wisdom teeth extraction?

To determine if wisdom teeth extraction is necessary, your Ramona Dental Group provider examines your mouth and takes dental X-rays.

Prior to wisdom teeth extraction, you receive local anesthesia and a sedative or general anesthesia depending on your preference. Either way, you don’t feel any pain during the procedure.

During extraction, your dentist uses specialized instruments to remove your wisdom teeth. If you’re awake during the procedure you might feel some pressure when they remove each tooth from its socket. Your provider cleans the area and might use sutures or gauze to stop the bleeding.

What happens after extraction?

After wisdom teeth extraction you can go home the day of the procedure but must have someone drive you home. Follow aftercare instruction to optimize healing. Eat soft foods, apply ice to the area, and change gauze pads when necessary. Take medications as instructed to relieve pain, and attend follow-up appointments.

To find out if wisdom teeth removal is right for you, schedule an appointment with Ramona Dental Group over the phone or online today.