How is wisdom tooth extraction done in San Carlos practice?
At Peninsula Dental Implant Center, patients in the San Carlos, CA area who are interested in tooth extraction for the wisdom teeth are welcome to book an appointment with Dr. Shivani Gupta to discuss their options. Extraction of the wisdom teeth is needed in many situations.
- Wisdom teeth should be extracted when they become impacted. This occurs when the teeth are stuck underneath the gum line and are pushing against the other teeth. This often results in pain.
- Wisdom teeth should be extracted if they are a concern for cavities and periodontal disease. They are so far back in the mouth that they can be difficult to properly brush and floss. This makes the smile more susceptible to conditions that can negatively affect the oral health of the patient.
- Wisdom teeth may be extracted to eliminate the chance of them affecting the alignment of the teeth. This is often performed for patients who have had orthodontic work to straighten the bite. The growth of the wisdom teeth may cause the existing teeth to shift out of place, undoing the work done by the orthodontist. Removing the teeth before they erupt through the gum line can protect the smile’s alignment.
- Wisdom teeth should be extracted if they have cavities or are contributing to periodontal disease.
How wisdom tooth extraction is done
There are two methods of extraction that can be performed for patients with wisdom teeth, simple and surgical extraction.
A simple wisdom tooth extraction is performed on a third molar that has already erupted through the gum line. This means it is easily accessible by the dentist. A special instrument is used to grab the tooth and wedge it out of the bone of the jaw to remove it. This action is performed within minutes under local anesthetics and proper sedation to ensure patient comfort.
Dr. Shivani Gupta may need to perform a surgical extraction. This type of extraction is done when the tooth is impacted or has not yet come through the gum line. Surgical extraction requires the dentist to access the tooth under the soft tissues by cutting into them. The wisdom tooth is removed and then sutures are used to help the area heal.
Which one is right for me?
The simple extraction is performed when the tooth is physically accessible, while surgical extraction is required when the tooth is not. Dr. Shivani Gupta uses an x-ray to assess the patient’s need for a wisdom tooth removal.
Do you need to discuss wisdom tooth extraction with a professional?
Contact the team of Peninsula Dental Implant Center in San Carlos, CA today to book an appointment and consult with Dr. Shivani Gupta. Her practice is available by calling (650) 232-7650 and is conveniently located at 1201 St. Francis Way. Schedule a visit to discuss this and many other general dentistry solutions available in her state-of-the-art practice.Back to Tooth Extraction Page