Wisdom teeth extraction procedure is common for Palo Alto young adults
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 wisdom teeth are not extracted prior to becoming impacted, patients may develop pain, swelling, or gum tenderness. 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.
During the procedure, the area will be anesthetized prior to removal. 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.
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.
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