We as humans are evolving past the need for wisdom teeth. Most of us do not seem to have enough room in the jaw for a third set of molars, which causes them to become stuck while erupting, or impacted. At Advanced Dentistry of Alhambra, patients can get the care they need without having to leave the comfort of their dental home. If you or your teen are experiencing issues related the wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to give us a call to discuss wisdom tooth extractions in Alhambra, CA.
Wisdom teeth are the third molars and the last adult teeth to erupt in the mouth. Most people have four wisdom teeth – two on the top and two on the bottom. Anthropologists believe that wisdom teeth were once especially helpful for our prehistoric ancestors who needed additional chewing power to grind through rough plants, seeds, nuts, and foliage that made up the majority of their diets. As teeth would fall out over time, wisdom teeth could step in and act as replacement teeth as well. Now that we have a softer diet filled with carbohydrates and high-calorie foods, as well as a focus on dental care, wisdom teeth aren’t usually needed anymore. People can be born with none, one, two, three, or four wisdom teeth, and they don’t always need to be removed. It all depends on your individual smile.
Wisdom teeth are not necessarily a problem. However, there are a number of issues that can arise from impacted wisdom teeth. When left untreated, impactive wisdom teeth can lead to a variety of problems. This includes:
Once we have examined a patient and determined that their wisdom teeth need to come out, the procedure starts with us thoroughly numbing their mouth. To remove wisdom teeth that have already erupted, dental forceps and an elevator will be used. However, if the wisdom teeth have to be removed before they have fully erupted, we have to make a small incision in the nearby gum tissue before we can extract the teeth themselves. After doing so and suturing the treatment area(s) closed, most patients are able to fully recover and feel completely normal in less than a week.
After your procedure, it’s common to experience some bleeding, swelling, bruising, and discomfort, but this should subside over the next few days. During this time, it’s especially crucial to maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine. This includes rinsing and brushing gently while avoiding the extraction site. Stick to softer foods and don’t use a straw when you drink. Take all prescribed and over-the-counter medications as directed. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call. This way, we can give you specific guidance to meet your needs.