Scheduling A Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Cartoon

The removal of your wisdom teeth is a rite of passage for many teens and young adults alike. The third set of molars typically arrive after your other permanent teeth, and their eruption can be long and painful. In addition to causing discomfort, they may crowd out their neighbors and cause serious problems for the alignment of your bite. They can potentially crack your enamel as they attempt to fit in a jaw without enough space. When fully formed, they can be difficult to clean, which may lead to future cavity development and other issues.

The team at your Cerritos, CA dentist’s office recommends scheduling a timely extraction to prevent your wisdom teeth from causing these serious oral health problems. Our experience performing this procedure will help you maintain a beautiful smile for years to come!

Track Third Molar Development in Adolescence

Routine dental hygiene appointments begin in childhood and provide a healthy smile as you transition into adulthood. Attending your cleanings and examinations every six months allows your oral healthcare provider to monitor the growth of your wisdom teeth as you mature. Imaging techniques, such as digital x-rays, allow the dentist to detect your third molars before they erupt above the gumline. They can determine if the teeth are growing in horizontally or at risk for becoming impacted. A horizontal growth pattern can damage your bite’s alignment. Left untreated, an impacted molar can cause pain, and it may make you more susceptible to developing gum disease. Therefore, it is important to diligently attend your semiannual appointments and detect these issues early.

Remove Your Wisdom Teeth On Time

After identifying the need to perform an extraction, your dentist will schedule a procedure to remove your third molars and treat any pain, damage to your alignment, and threat to the integrity of neighboring teeth presented by the third molars. The team will use an individualized approach based upon how far they have grown and if they have become impacted. Modern techniques allow the removal to occur without damaging neighboring teeth.

Tips For Healthy Recovery

Your dentist will provide guidance after the removal procedure to care for your recovery. They can suggest common over-the-counter solutions for pain management or provide a prescription medication if something stronger is required. You will be instructed on cleaning your sockets to prevent infection while your gums heal. In the days following surgery, you will stick to soft foods that do not require hard chewing and avoid straws when sipping liquids. Your dental staff will happily answer any questions you have throughout the recovery process.

Talk To Your Cerritos, CA Dentist About Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Many people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. Extracting them in a prompt manner can protect against complications that damage your oral health and appearance! For information on how we can address this matter and schedule a removal, call your Cerritos, CA dentist’s office at (562)584-4082!