Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but sometimes, we must remove a tooth to protect our oral health. We understand nobody is thrilled about the idea of oral surgery, even a straightforward procedure like wisdom tooth removal.
At Winning Smiles, we’re proud to have Dr. Paul Anderson, a compassionate and skilled oral surgeon, as part of our team. Surprises are not welcome during surgery, and Dr. Anderson and his use of state-of-the-art technology allow us to increase the predictability and precision of surgical procedures. If you’ve searched for a “dentist near me” and need wisdom teeth extraction, give us a call today!
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are third molars in the back of the mouth. Many moons ago, our ancestors used these third molars to chew coarse foods, like roots, nuts, and tough meats. Wisdom teeth are no longer necessary for our modern diets, and wisdom teeth often appear between ages 17 and 21. However, some people get their wisdom teeth earlier or later, while others don’t have them at all.
What Are the Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Pulled?
Many oral surgeons and dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth if they predict the teeth will cause issues or discomfort now or in the future. The American Dental Association states dentists may also remove wisdom teeth as pre-treatment for orthodontics or other dental care. However, if your wisdom teeth are healthy, correctly positioned, fully erupted, or can be thoroughly cleaned during daily oral hygiene, then your dentist likely won’t suggest removing them.
Here are some warning signs you might need to have your wisdom teeth removed:
- Gum inflammation or gum disease
- Cysts or tumors
- Jaw swelling
- Pain or discomfort at the back of your mouth
- Bleeding gums
- Stiffness or pain in the jaw
- Sinus issues
- Overcrowded or crooked teeth
- Impacted or partially emerged teeth
- Tooth decay
- Damage to other teeth
If you experience any of the above issues, please get in touch with your Fontana dentist for a consultation so we can determine the best treatment for your needs.
What Is the Process of Removing Wisdom Teeth?
Using advanced technology, Dr. Anderson will assess your situation and create a treatment strategy. Because your comfort is one of our top priorities, we will also be happy to discuss anesthetic and sedation options so you can have a more relaxing and comfortable experience.
There are two types of extractions for wisdom teeth: simple and surgical.
#1 Simple Extraction
A simple extraction involves removing teeth that are visible above the gumline. Dr. Anderson starts by numbing the area and uses an elevator tool to help loosen the tooth from the socket. Dr. Anderson will then gently dislodge the tooth using forceps.
A simple extraction is generally quick and straightforward. Often, your dentist can remove multiple teeth at once with a surgical extraction, if needed. Dr. Anderson will provide detailed instructions and precautions for extraction recovery, including diet, medication use, and oral hygiene.
#2 Surgical Extraction
A surgical extraction involves removing teeth that aren’t visible in the mouth. Sometimes, teeth break and leave only the tooth’s root intact, while other times, a tooth hasn’t yet erupted. Dr. Anderson is a skilled and experienced oral surgeon who can perform this procedure in our dental office.
First, Dr. Anderson will provide anesthetics and sedation and make a small incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth. Next, he will remove the tooth while it’s still intact or by removing it in smaller pieces. Dr. Anderson typically uses a local anesthetic, but some patients may require general anesthesia. After the procedure, Dr. Anderson will give you detailed instructions on recovery and aftercare to ensure the surgical site heals properly.
What Is Recovery Like for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
On the day of your procedure, please make sure someone is available to drive you home after your appointment. Patients may feel drowsy after treatment and require a designated driver. After removing your wisdom teeth, you cannot eat hard or crunchy foods for a few days. We recommend eating soft, room-temperature foods to avoid irritating the extraction site. We also advise against smoking, using tobacco, drinking alcohol, or consuming caffeine until your mouth is healed or your dentist says it’s safe. Dr. Anderson and our team will give you a personalized recovery plan––including an oral hygiene regimen––to ensure the healing process is as quick and effective as possible.
What Is a Dry Socket?
If you’ve heard about wisdom teeth extractions, you’ve also likely heard of the risk of a dry socket. A dry socket occurs when the bone and nerves are exposed, which can happen three to four days after your extraction. A dry socket is painful and can cause bad breath. It’s essential to flush out the area to keep bacteria at bay and discuss your symptoms with your dental provider. If you experience a dry socket, please contact us as soon as possible so we can help you.
What Happens If I Don’t Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Problematic or unhealthy wisdom teeth can threaten your health and wellness. If your dentist recommends removing wisdom teeth and you don’t receive the procedure, your wisdom teeth can cause pain, tooth shifting, and overcrowding in the mouth.
Call Us About Gentle Wisdom Teeth Removal in Fontana, CA
Do you or your child need a wisdom tooth removed? WinningSmiles Custom Dentistry & Implant Center has a team of highly accomplished and talented dentists who provide exceptional dental care, including wisdom teeth removal and tooth replacement.
At WinningSmiles, we also offer dental implant placement, sinus augmentation, bone grafting, periodontal surgery, and the removal of oral tumors or cysts. Please get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Anderson. He would be pleased to discuss your treatment options and smile goals!