Your third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the final teeth to erupt. By the time they begin to emerge there is not enough space in your mouth to accommodate them, which can result in significant discomfort as well as oral health problems. Dr. Jorge Reyes and Dr. Samuel Lee offer wisdom teeth removal to extract these teeth and help you maintain a healthier smile.
What Is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Wisdom teeth removal is the extraction of your third molars from your mouth. Wisdom teeth typically come in between the ages of 17 and 25, and are located at the very back of the mouth. Because they are the last teeth to come in and because of their position in the mouth, wisdom teeth are often impacted (unable to break through the gum tissues and jawbone) or come in at an incorrect angle. When you receive wisdom teeth removal, our periodontist will assess the position of your teeth as well as your oral health, and will provide you with an anesthetic to ensure your comfort during the procedure. The teeth will then be removed and the surgical site closed. We will provide you with post-op instructions to help you recover, and may also prescribe pain medication or antibiotics for your use. Most patients will recover within a week or two of their procedure.
Why Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
Wisdom teeth often cause serious problems for your smile and oral health, including:
- Changing your bite
- Contributing to the loss of jawbone tissue
- Increasing your risk of gum disease
- Increasing your risk of tooth decay
- Disturbing your natural tooth alignment or orthodontic treatment
- Damaging neighboring teeth
- Causing infection and inflammation in the gums and other tissues
- Contributing to the formation of cysts
The longer these teeth remain in your mouth the more likely it is that they will cause significant damage. Our dentists and team recommend removing your wisdom teeth sooner rather than later to avoid these and other problems and maintain better oral health.
Schedule A Consultation
To learn more about wisdom teeth removal in Escondido, California, and schedule a consultation with our dentists or periodontist, call TLC Escondido Dental today at 760-741-5775.