What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to develop in the mouth. The average mouth doesn’t have enough room for an extra set of molars, which often causes these teeth to try and push their way through the gums. Wisdom teeth’s roots are unpredictable, which poses a threat to nearby teeth, roots, and nerves. In general, most people develop between one and four wisdom teeth, while others develop more than four. Some never develop any at all!
We recommend removing wisdom teeth during the mid to late teen years, as this is when these troublesome molars typically develop. Some people develop them well into their 20s. Make sure you attend routine visits with your dentist, who will take X-rays and images of your face and mouth to track the development of your wisdom teeth.
Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
It is very rare that wisdom teeth develop properly and do not cause any problems. Many people suspect the eruption of their wisdom teeth when they start to feel pain or swelling toward the back of their mouth. However, it’s important to know that wisdom teeth may not cause any symptoms at all and still be recommended for removal.
If left untreated, wisdom teeth can cause many oral health complications, including
- Impaction. When a tooth becomes trapped beneath the gum, it is considered to be impacted, and it must be surgically removed.
- Infection. Impacted or partially erupted teeth are difficult to clean around, which can lead to pockets of bacteria collecting and causing infection.
- Nerve Damage. Wisdom teeth have large, unpredictable roots that can potentially grow toward and damage the nerves in your mouth and jaw.
- Root Damage. These large roots can also grow toward the healthy roots of your other teeth, which can cause them damage.
- Tumors and Cysts. A lot of bacteria between a tooth and your gum can cause painful cysts or tumors to form.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
The specifics of your procedure may vary, as every patient is different. However, a typical wisdom teeth extraction procedure at OC Oral Surgery goes as follows:
- During your consultation, Dr. Ahn or Dr. Rayher will evaluate your condition. 3D images and X-rays of your face and mouth will be taken and studied to determine the location and development of your wisdom teeth. To ensure your comfort and safety, your anesthesia options will be discussed, and all of your questions will be answered during this appointment.
- On the day of your surgery, your doctor will administer the chosen form of anesthesia. Many patients undergo IV sedation, which allows them to sleep comfortably and wake up when the procedure is over. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your doctor will make small incisions in the gums to expose the wisdom teeth. If a wisdom tooth is visible above the gum line, it may be removed using forceps. When all of the wisdom teeth have been removed, the incisions will be stitched closed, and you will rest comfortably in our office until the anesthesia has worn off.
- Your recovery begins as soon as your procedure ends, and the post-operative instructions that we provide you with will guide you through a smooth and speedy recovery. You should expect to rest for the remainder of the day; depending on the extent of your surgery, most patients return to their normal routines within 1 week.
How much does it cost?
Many people wonder how much it will cost to have their wisdom teeth removed. The price varies depending on the number of teeth that need to be extracted, the choice of anesthesia, and the details of your insurance coverage. You can contact our office for an accurate price estimate, and our helpful and welcoming staff will do everything possible to try to maximize your insurance reimbursement.
The Value of Getting Wisdom Teeth Extracted
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure performed in our state-of-the-art practice in Aliso Viejo, CA. Oral surgeons are trained in the safe administration of IV sedation, and Drs. Ahn and Rayher have undergone extensive training in sedation techniques and patient safety procedures. By getting your wisdom teeth removed, you are taking the initiative toward protecting your future oral health.
Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed in Aliso Viejo, CA
Our oral surgery office is located in Aliso Viejo, CA, right off of California State Route 73 at La Paz Road, near Mission Viejo, CA. When you come to our office for a consultation, we will closely evaluate your oral surgery needs and design a treatment plan that is right for you. We will take the time to answer your questions regarding treatment because we believe in keeping patients well-informed and comfortable in Orange County. We look forward to caring for you and your loved ones.
To learn more about wisdom teeth, please visit the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery website.