Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth, which are the four permanent adult teeth that grow in the back lower and upper corners of the mouth. Most people in California typically get their wisdom teeth pulled when there is insufficient room in their mouth for the teeth to grow in, causing pain, infection or other issues.
On average, wisdom teeth usually start to grow in between the ages of 17-25. There are some cases where they grow in earlier or later. When wisdom teeth start to grow in at an angle, that’s often when pain occurs as there isn’t enough space in the mouth for them to fit. The pain can come from the wisdom teeth uncomfortably growing in and shifting the alignment of the other teeth.
Wisdom teeth could grow in normally without shifting the other teeth or causing pain. However, there are other times where the growing of wisdom teeth negatively affects people. Wisdom teeth could grow at an angle towards the second molar. They could also grow at an angle towards the back of the mouth. They could even grow horizontally as if they’re lying down within the jawbone. There’s a possibility that they could grow normally like other teeth but get trapped within the jawbone.
When there isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth, issues could arise. The number one issue is the amount of pain one undergoes. Once the wisdom teeth are fully grown in, there’s also the issue of getting food trapped in the space behind them, which could cause an infection. Then there’s the potential risk of tooth decay in an erupted wisdom tooth. Wisdom teeth could cause damage to other nearby teeth surrounding the bone. Wisdom teeth could also develop a cyst around them. Other teeth could be pushed out of alignment as wisdom teeth grow in, causing complications with options for teeth straightening.
When scheduling the wisdom tooth extraction procedure, it’s important to realize that the procedure should be done by a qualified dentist or oral surgeon. The appropriate specialist will ensure patients receive tailored treatment options suitable for them with minimal risk after surgery. Oral surgeons have completed American Dental Association ADA) oral surgery program, which means they’ve received four years of training in a hospital-based residency program.
At McBride Dental, we have qualified dental specialists at our office who specialize in wisdom tooth extractions. Our team will do a full evaluation to determine the best treatment options available depending on each patients’ case. We believe our clients should have the beautiful smile they desire. If you, or someone you love, is experiencing pain in their mouth, there’s a possibility that wisdom teeth are developing and should be removed. We educate our patients on all treatment options as well as any potential risks and consequences of not having the procedure. To schedule an appointment, call 760-471-1003.