Wisdom Teeth Removal Van Nuys
Wisdom teeth are considered the final set of molars, which usually erupt in the late teens to early 20s. Most people have between one and four wisdom teeth. When a wisdom tooth does not fully erupt or erupts at an angle, it can become impacted, meaning they become blocked or do not have enough room to emerge. An impacted tooth can damage nearby teeth or be prone to decay. Gum infection is also common with impacted teeth. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, our Van Nuys wisdom teeth removal expert may recommend extraction in order to preserve your dental health.
When a wisdom tooth has plenty of space to erupt and can erupt easily through the gums without interfering the nearby teeth, it may not need to be extracted. You need to be able to easily brush and floss it properly, though. However, most people will need their wisdom teeth removed, because these teeth can be quite difficult to keep clean and can increase the risk of inflammation, infection and decay. Wisdom teeth can also create crowding or misalignment in the jaw. Our expert in wisdom teeth removal in Van Nuys can help you decide if an extraction is right for you.
Van Nuys Wisdom Teeth Removal
First, we start with X-rays and other dental images. This helps us develop the most appropriate treatment plan for you. Local anesthesia is generally used, but our Van Nuys wisdom teeth removal expert may recommend dental sedation or another form of anesthesia, as well. We take all necessary steps to keep you comfortable during your extraction. Once the area is numb, we will gently remove the tooth from its socket. Sutures, or stitches, may be placed in some patients.
After your procedure, you will need to take things easy for a few days. Most people heal within three to five days. Gentle brushing and flossing along with saltwater rinses can reduce the risk of infection or other complications. Our expert in wisdom teeth removal in Van Nuys may prescribe or suggest pain medication to alleviate your discomfort. Eat a soft diet, do not smoke and do not use a straw for a few days to reduce the risk of dry socket. Dry socket is a painful condition that occurs when the clot is disrupted before the extraction site has healed.
Call us today to learn more about wisdom teeth removal or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Van Nuys.