What is

Wisdom Tooth Removal?

The third molars, known as wisdom teeth, are typically the final teeth to erupt during a person’s mid to late teen years. In many cases, the jaw isn’t big enough to accommodate them and they need to be removed as they can cause complications including tooth decay, gum disease, damage to adjacent teeth and bone, infection and cysts. We usually perform wisdom tooth removal under general anesthesia to make patients as comfortable as possible.

The procedure generally begins with Dr. Jung creating a small opening over the tooth and removing any bone covering it. He makes a clear path for extraction by separating the tissue connecting the tooth and the bone. When necessary, Dr. Jung cuts the tooth into smaller pieces for ease of removal. After the wisdom teeth are extracted, the incisions are sewn up with dissolvable stitches.

Benefits

of Wisdom Tooth Removal

Teeth will be easier to clean allowing you to ward off tooth decay and gum disease

Preserves the alignment of your teeth and prevents crowding and damage

Decreases chances of cysts and infection

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Treatment

Considerations

It’s important to note that the younger the patient is, the less likelihood there will be complications from wisdom tooth impaction and the removal procedure. Having them evaluated early can be extremely beneficial. The complexity of the actual surgery will depend on the type of impaction and the severity of your case. When there isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth in the jaw, they adapt and grow at odd angles. If the tooth is angled enough that it can’t fully come in, it’s said to be impacted.

We classify impacted teeth into three different categories:

  • Soft Tissue Impaction: This is usually the easiest type of impacted tooth to remove and occurs when the tooth has broken through the gum line but not to its full extension. The surrounding gum isn’t able to retract back to a healthy position.
  • Partial Bony Impaction: There is space for the tooth to partially erupt but the innermost portion remains stuck below the bone.
  • Complete Bony Impaction: This is the most difficult type of impacted tooth to remove and occurs when there is no space for the tooth to erupt and it’s completely embedded in the bone.
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Pre + Post

Op Care

If we’ll be performing your wisdom tooth removal under general anesthesia, you can’t eat or drink anything for the eight hours leading up to surgery. You’ll also need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Your driver will have to remain at Pacific Surgical Arts during the entire procedure. For patients under 18 years of age, the appointed driver must be a parent or legal guardian.

During the healing period following surgery, it’s common to experience mild discomfort and bleeding around the extraction site. However, in most cases, you’ll be able to resume your normal activity the day after removal. Dr. Jung will give you specific postoperative instructions to promote recovery and ensure the procedure is a success.

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