Wisdom teeth earned their name because, like wisdom, they come with age. However, you don’t have much use for them, and they can overcrowd your teeth or become impacted and painful. Robert Kim, DDS, and the team at Avion Dental offer wisdom teeth removal services at their office in Chino Hills, California. They recommend you get an evaluation before your wisdom teeth start hurting. To learn more about your wisdom teeth and get help deciding whether to remove them, call Avion Dental or schedule an appointment online today.
Your wisdom teeth are the molars that are farthest back in your mouth. They usually develop during your late teenage years; you probably noticed them between ages 17 and 21.
Unlike your other molars, which you need to chew your food, you don’t need your wisdom teeth. They were helpful before humans cooked food and cut it up for easy chewing, but now they can be a nuisance, and most people choose to remove them.
Your wisdom teeth can cause issues for your oral health. Some people don’t have any problems with them, but in general, most people’s jaws are too small to handle them.
Wisdom teeth can:
You should have your wisdom teeth removed if they’re painful or interfere with your ability to chew food.
The team at Avion Dental might also recommend wisdom teeth removal if your teeth seem to be drifting together over time.
Even if you don’t experience any symptoms, you may choose to have them removed as a preventive measure.
Wisdom teeth removal involves the Avion Dental team surgically removing your wisdom teeth during an outpatient procedure.
The operation takes around 45 minutes, and the team numbs your mouth before the procedure, so you don’t feel the pain of your teeth being removed.
Your wisdom teeth are firmly anchored in your mouth, so your dentist might need to cut your gums or bone to remove them and will stitch the underlying gum back together.
Your mouth will be sore for several days following the surgery, but you’ll quickly recover if you follow the Avion Dental team’s instructions carefully.
Any stitches you have will dissolve on their own as you heal. You might need to eat soft foods and liquids during the first few days of healing. You should avoid sucking on straws and chewing sticky or hard foods to protect your stitches.
The Avion Dental team can help you manage pain with over-the-counter medications, and you might need to take a course of antibiotics to prevent infection.
If you’re ready to be rid of the discomfort caused by your incoming or impacted wisdom teeth, call or schedule an appointment online at Avion Dental today.