Wisdom teeth extraction procedure is common for Palo Alto young adults

Teeth Extraction Procedure Palo Alto CA

The extraction of wisdom teeth has become a common occurrence for young adults in the San Carlos area. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars located at the very back of the mouth. These four teeth typically begin to erupt in late adolescence or the early twenties. Wisdom teeth have to be removed frequently due to impaction (failure to erupt), the angle at which they erupt, or lack of adequate space in the jaw.

If patients do not have their impacted wisdom teeth extracted, they may experience a myriad of issues including gum tenderness, swelling, and pain. Impacted wisdom teeth are a risk because they are difficult to clean and can lead to decay, infections, or gum disease. Having the procedure to remove wisdom teeth is often a huge relief for many patients.

The extraction procedure

Removal of wisdom teeth varies by individual. X-rays are always taken to determine the location of the teeth and how they should be extracted. We often suggest removal of wisdom teeth for patients in their late teens or early twenties because they teeth do not yet have fully formed roots, making the removal easier.

Before starting the procedure, Dr. Shivani Gupta will anesthetize the area with numbing cream and injections Sedation medication can also be used to relax the patient during the procedure. Patients who choose this option will feel like they went to sleep for the procedure.

Recovery

After wisdom teeth extraction, it’s important to follow our post-procedure instructions. Gauze will need to be kept on the area to prevent bleeding. Ice packs can be used on the cheeks for any pain, swelling, and soreness and it’s advised that patients take the remainder of the day to relax. Patients may brush their teeth the night of surgery, but should be careful around the surgical site. Salt water rinses can begin the following day.

How do I find out more about wisdom tooth extraction?

If you suspect you could benefit from wisdom tooth extract, we invite you to call (650) 232-7650 to request an appointment at 1201 Saint Francis Way of San Carlos, California.

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