Wisdom Tooth Removal Northridge
Wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of seventeen and twenty-one. These are the final four molars and are located in the back of the jaw. Although some people’s wisdom teeth erupt without issue, many of these teeth cause crowding, or erupt partially or improperly, a condition known as impaction. Our Northridge dental office may recommend wisdom tooth removal if yours are impacted, crowded, or pose a threat to your other teeth.
Wisdom tooth removal is generally an uncomplicated procedure. First, we will take X-rays or other images to identify the positions of the teeth and their roots so that we can plan the procedure. Next, we will use a local anesthetic to numb the extraction site. If you are having all of your wisdom teeth extracted or you are having a surgical extraction, you may need a general anesthesia instead, which will allow you to sleep through the procedure.
During a surgical wisdom tooth removal, an incision is made in the gum tissue, and the teeth are loosened in their sockets before being extracted. The incisions may be stitched closed, and a piece of gauze will be placed over the extraction site to stop bleeding. If the wisdom teeth are visible above the gum line, they can simply be removed without the need for an incision. Our dentist in Northridge may prescribe medications and will provide you with specific aftercare instructions. Take the medications as prescribed and follow the aftercare instructions to reduce the risk of complications.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause serious dental problems if they are not removed. They can be difficult or even impossible to keep clean, which can lead to decay, gum disease, abscess, and infection. They can cause damage to other teeth, and lead to cysts developing near the tooth. Wisdom teeth can also erupt at awkward angles facing forward, backward, or to the sides of the mouth, causing pain and damage to soft tissues. After wisdom tooth removal, these issues are eliminated, and with good dental care, you can expect your smile to stay healthy.
Call our Northridge dentist to learn more about wisdom tooth extraction or to schedule your consultation with our team.
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