Coast Dental Lake Forest
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
in Lake Forest, California
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars to develop in the far upper and lower corners of the mouth. When it comes to wisdom teeth, many people believe that they should be removed. Coast Dental Lake Forest wants you to understand that your wisdom teeth can be valuable assets in maintaining good dental health- assuming the wisdom teeth are properly positioned and healthy.
Sometimes, though, the jaw is not large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth. In these cases, the wisdom teeth can become infected or impacted because they are either unable to come into the mouth and jaw properly, or they are not aligned with the other teeth when they do come in. Wisdom teeth can grow sideways, remain trapped beneath the gum line, or only partially emerge from the gums. This can cause immediate problems such as an improper bite, misalignment of teeth, or problems chewing food. In the long term, problems with wisdom teeth can impact overall dental health, a situation that should always be avoided.
When any of these events occur, they create problems that threaten your dental health. These problems can include openings that allow bacteria to enter the mouth, damage the adjacent teeth or create fluid-filled sacs called cysts, all conditions that can destroy or damage surrounding bone or roots of other teeth. Symptoms of impacted or infected wisdom teeth include extreme discomfort, inflammation of the gums and infections.
Such symptoms must receive immediate attention and treatment by your dentist. When these conditions manifest, your dentist typically recommends the extraction of your wisdom teeth. This extraction is considered an oral surgery procedure. Our oral surgeon can usually perform most wisdom tooth extractions in the comfort and convenience of our office. The tooth extraction is a procedure that can be performed with or without sedation, depending on your sensitivities and preferences. During your diagnosis and consultation, your oral surgeon will tell you what to expect during your surgery and your post-operative recovery.
If you are experiencing dental discomfort, or suspect there may be a problem with your wisdom teeth, please call to schedule an appointment to remove your wisdom teeth in Lake Forest.