Your third molars, better known as your wisdom teeth, are the very last molars that will erupt in your mouth and they grow into the back of the mouth behind all of your other teeth. Their name comes from the idea that they erupt somewhere between the ages of 17 to 21, which is often referred to as the coming of age time period in an individual’s life.
Everyone will develop a full set of permanent teeth, but many do not realize that they do have third molars that need to grow in. Even though you cannot see the molars, they are present, but they are impacted in the gums, so you cannot visibly see them. Impacted molars form underneath the surface of the gums and they are not typically detected in a traditional dental examination.
If you would like to learn more about extractions and wisdom teeth, call Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center today.
Why Do the Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?
Wisdom teeth need to be removed because most patients cannot keep them due to problems that arise when they are present. Some of the common problems with your third molars include:
- Misalignment of current, healthy teeth
- Bacterial growth, tooth decay, and gum disease
- Bad breath due to decay or periodontal disease
- Tenderness, stiffness, swelling, or pain in the mouth
- Increased risk of cyst development or tumor growth
Dr. Brandon Kang, our experienced oral surgeon, wants you to know that it is very rare that a patient will have a jaw that is large enough to safely and comfortably accommodate their third molars without any issues.
What is the Wisdom Tooth Removal Process in Oakland and San Francisco?
The type of treatment you receive, and the extent of extraction will depend on the position of the third molars and the root development of the teeth. If the teeth are fully grown in and visible on the gum line, they can be extracted like a traditional tooth. If the teeth are still under the gum or impacted, then they will require surgery to remove them.
For the extraction to take place, an incision is made directly into the gums and the bone that is laying over the tooth is removed. This will allow Dr. Kang the opportunity to access the tooth, which will then be extracted in smaller pieces to minimize the amount of bone that is also removed.
Extraction of your third molars here in our San Francisco or Oakland office does require the use of local anesthesia. If you need to have the molars surgically extracted, then you will receive IV sedation. Our oral surgery team will discuss your options with you prior to the procedure and we will discuss both pre-care and after-care instructions.
Prior to the procedure being performed, you will receive a series of x-rays and 3D scanning may be used to determine the size and position of the teeth.
Schedule Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction Consultation Today
The oral surgeon here at Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center recommends that your wisdom teeth are extracted early to prevent any serious complications with them. The removal process is much easier and quicker if the teeth are removed before they present any issues.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kang at Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center, call our Oakland, CA or San Francisco, CA office today.
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Bay Area Oral Surgeon, Dr. Brandon Kang, manages a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth, and facial regions. For more information about the oral and maxillofacial surgery services we provide, or to schedule a consultation,
contact us at 510-227-8099
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