Wisdom Teeth Extractions | San Diego
Wisdom tooth removal is a common oral surgery that we provide in our San Diego practice. We believe that all wisdom tooth extractions should be assessed on a case-by-case basis, as not all individuals require third molar removal.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
The third and final set of molars (back teeth) to erupt are typically referred to as “wisdom teeth.” Primarily because of how late in life they begin to erupt. Depending on the person, wisdom teeth can make an appearance in the mid-teen years and may not finish developing until closer to 30 years of age.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?
Wisdom teeth are at an increased risk of complications, such as:
- Partial eruption
- Gum disease
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Pressure, causing crowded teeth
Because of their location in the mouth, third molars are especially challenging to keep clean. When partially or fully erupted, they frequently develop cavities and periodontal infections, placing neighboring teeth at risk. Although treatments are available, wisdom teeth tend to develop recurring infections. As such, it’s typically recommended to remove them as a proactive measure.
Wisdom Tooth Exams
During your wisdom tooth evaluation, our San Diego dentists will take a full-mouth X-ray or scan. We’ll use this image to assess the size, position, and health of the wisdom teeth as they relate to other parts of your mouth. At that point, we can determine if an extraction is recommended or if it’s best to monitor your teeth for the time being.
If You Need an Extraction
Our experienced San Diego dentists always put your comfort and safety first. Appropriate sedation and numbing medications allow us to complete the extraction in an efficient, gentle manner. For more information on wisdom tooth removal for you or your teen, reserve a consultation at Torrey Hills Dental.