Wisdom Teeth Extraction

At Fairview Dental, we want to let you know what you can expect from your wisdom teeth. Often times, patients are worried when it comes to their teeth because they do not know what to expect. You do not always have to have your wisdom teeth extracted even though it may be a good idea to. Some patients can keep their wisdom teeth while others may need to undergo a routine extraction or oral surgery to have the teeth removed. Dr. Luu wants you to know that he will guide you and provide you with the information you need about your wisdom teeth.

Wisdom tooth extractions do require an experience dentist such as Dr. Luu at our Brentwood office. Our dentist is experienced and has all of the tools needed to make sure your wisdom teeth can be extracted properly and without any problems.

When a wisdom tooth does need to be removed, you can count on the fact the Fairview Dental has all of the equipment needed to keep you comfortable and provide you with the best care. We will make sure that only the correct teeth are extracted and that you can keep any wisdom teeth that are healthy.

If you would like to discuss your wisdom tooth extraction, contact Dr. Luu at Fairview Dental today. We are always here for you.

How is a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Performed?

Before you have a wisdom tooth extracted, you will first come in for a consultation with Dr. Luu. It is important for your tooth to be examined to make sure that an extraction is the right decision. The exam will also uncover any problems that may be underlying such as an abscess or an infection.

Once you are ready to have your wisdom teeth extracted, you will be given a local anesthetic to ease any pain or discomfort you may experience otherwise. If oral surgery is needed due to an impaction of the tooth, you will receive IV sedation to have the procedure performed.

When it is time, Dr. Luu will start the procedure by cutting open your gum tissue and taking out any bone that may be present above the tooth. Next, the tissues will then be removed and the tooth will be extracted from your mouth. It is not uncommon for Dr. Luu to need to beak the tooth into smaller sections to be able to remove it.

Once the tooth is completely removed, you will then receive stitches to close the gums. Your stitches will dissolve on their own over the next few days. It is important that you follow ALL aftercare instructions provided to you by Dr. Luu. If you experience any problems or infection, you should call our Brentwood office right away.

/ Why Wisdom teeth need to be extracted?

Sometimes, you do not need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, but other times you do. Generally, your teeth can remain in your mouth unless the tooth itself looks like it will develop problems or if you experience problems with it.

Typically, wisdom teeth are removed from your mouth because there is not enough room in your mouth due to the size of the tooth and your jaw.If all of your teeth grow into your mouth and there is no room leftover, the wisdom tooth will start to place pressure on your other teeth and this can lead to shifting and pressure on the permanent teeth. These issues need to be addressed right away.

Your wisdom teeth may also grow into your mouth at odd angles and this can become problematic too. If your wisdom tooth is impacted and it is not removed from your mouth, it can become infected and cause a cyst to form. This is a painful condition and may require more extensive surgery or procedures to correct any damage that has been done.

Professionals in the dental field have made statements about how wisdom teeth can remain in patients’ mouths as long as the tooth itself is not diseased and does not present a problem for the patient. It is important that the tooth is monitored on a regular basis to ensure that it does not come down with tooth decay and that it does not cause any other problems in the mouth.

Many oral surgeons agree that there are unnecessary risks to surgery when it is not needed. In fact, Jay Friedman, a California Dentist, stated that there is only about a 30 percent justification rate to remove wisdom teeth in a patient’s mouth. It can be more of a public hazard to remove the teeth than to leave them alone.

Of course, Dr. Luu will go over your options with you and also recommend what he thinks is best for your situation. Sometimes, there may not be anything wrong with your wisdom tooth now, but it may be recommended for removal because it appears that it will become problematic later on down the road. Early removal can prevent a harsher removal later on down the road.

/ Risks Associated with Any Wisdom Tooth Extractions

As with any type of dental procedure, there will be some risks associated with the procedure and your wisdom tooth extraction. Dr. Luu will go over all of these risks with you before the procedure, so you will know what to expect and how to prevent any of the problems that can arise.

One of the first risks is mild bleeding and swelling. This will continue for about a day or two after the procedure, but both the bleeding and the swelling should be mild and nothing serious. If you continue to bleed heavily for more than 24 hours after the procedure, you need to call our office immediately as this is not normal.

Infection is another risk that comes along with the procedure and it can be quite painful. If you think you have an infection, let Dr. Luu know right away, so he can prescribe the appropriate medication to heal it.

/ Call Us Today

If you would like to discuss wisdom tooth extractions with Dr. Luu, call our Brentwood office today.