Your wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, and they erupt during late adolescence. Unfortunately, they have the potential to cause significant problems to your long-term oral health. We recommend removal at our office in Santa Maria, CA, to prevent more serious issues from arising.
Many times, patients must rely on an X-ray to determine if the teeth are present beneath the gums. Other times, they partially emerge from the gums but do not completely grow into the oral cavity. They are often undetectable without regular dental examinations, which is why we encourage patients to routinely visit their dentist.
Why Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Your third molars make you more susceptible to a host of problems inside the mouth including:
- Swelling, stiffness, tenderness, pain, and infection
- Misalignment of healthy teeth, as the wisdom teeth may exert pressure on the second molars causing periodontal problems, decay, and/or crowding
- Bacterial growth, gum disease, tooth decay, and even bad breath caused by periodontal disease
- Increased risk of cyst development
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Santa Maria, CA
At Coastal Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center in Santa Maria, CA, we recommend having wisdom teeth assessed and ideally removed early if necessary. The removal typically occurs during the mid to late teens, even if they have not begun to emerge yet from the gums. The extraction process is usually much kinder and less involved if the teeth are removed early. This is because the roots are not fully established within the bone. Plus, younger patients generally have greater healing capacity and recover quicker.
During your consultation appointment, you will undergo
- A thorough examination
- X-ray evaluation, and possible 3D scanning of the jaws
- A determination of the position, size, and condition of your wisdom teeth
Our oral surgeons have had extensive training in the administration of anesthesia, and our office offers several anesthetic options like local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and intravenous (IV) anesthesia.
At Coastal Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we do everything possible to ensure you have a quick and comfortable recovery. We want you to be fully informed and help you choose the method of anesthesia best for you. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you have before your procedure. Drs. Goldberg and Pitrowski, along with the assistance of our highly trained staff, are happy to discuss your questions to make you feel as comfortable and at ease as possible during your treatment.