When it comes to tooth extractions, Dr. Cho is ready to speak with you and provide you with the education you need to make the right decisions. We never simply recommend that you have a tooth extracted unless it is absolutely needed. We try to save your teeth in every instance that we can. The most commonly extracted teeth include the wisdom teeth These are the last teeth that grow in your mouth and the last to erupt from your gums. The wisdom teeth come in somewhere between 17 and 25 years of age. You have a total of four wisdom teeth – two at the top and two at the bottom.
Sometimes, your wisdom teeth may not all grow in at once and you may only notice one, two, or three of them, but not all four. This is not a cause for concern because it is normal. Sometimes, all of your wisdom teeth may grow in at once. When your wisdom teeth start to grow in, you will usually find the pain and experience equivalent to a normal tooth erupting from the gums.
If your wisdom tooth is found to not erupt above the gum line, it is said to be impacted and it may need to be surgically removed from your mouth. Impaction occurs when there is simply not enough room within your mouth and the tooth tries to grow in. This can cause a shift in your other teeth and lead to crowding and pain When impacted wisdom teeth are discovered, a tooth extraction is often needed. If the wisdom tooth is not treated in a proper amount of time, it can become diseased and lead to other issues such as decay and gum disease.
If you find that you are in need of a tooth extraction appointment, contact our La Habra office today to schedule an appointment with us.
Impaction: What It Means for You
When it comes to the impaction of your wisdom tooth, there are two different types that can occur. The first type of impaction is a partially erupted wisdom tooth. This happens when the tooth breaks through the gum’s surface partially, but does not fully grow into place. The tooth is visible from the jaw bone and may be blocked. These impacted teeth will often sit at an angle in your mouth, as there may not be enough room for them to finish growing in.
The second type of impacted wisdom tooth is one that is fully impacted. This type of impaction occurs when the tooth is unable to be seen in the mouth or from the jaw bone. The tooth will remain buried within your gums.
If your wisdom teeth are either fully or partially impacted, you will need to have them surgically removed. Dr. Cho will provide you with the care that you need here in our La Habra office. When you come into our office for an evaluation, we will look over your teeth and then determine which ones need to be removed. If Dr. Cho cannot remove them for some reason, he will refer you to the proper dental surgeon to do so.
Will My Wisdom Teeth Come in Early?
You do not have to worry about your wisdom teeth coming in early as they are unlikely to. It is important to know that they come in somewhere between the ages of 17 and 25. The process of your wisdom teeth growing in will NOT occur before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. You will never receive your wisdom teeth when you are young.
Patients often know when their wisdom teeth are growing in because they will experience mild discomfort in the area. You may feel a pressure within your mouth or the gums in the back of your mouth may be sore, red, or swollen. If you experience more than mild pain, it is often a sign that the wisdom tooth is causing problems and needs to be removed from your mouth.
Dr. Cho recommends that you have problem wisdom teeth removed before they start to create too much trouble in your mouth. This will also limit damage done to other teeth and also alleviate additional pain that may be experienced.
How Are the Teeth Extracted?
When you come into our La Habra, CA office for a dental checkup, Dr. Cho will look over your mouth and determine where your wisdom teeth are and if they need to be removed. If it is determined that they need to be extracted, Dr. Cho will work with you and schedule you in for an appointment.
Once you come in for your appointment, you will be given a local anesthetic and the tooth will then be removed from your mouth. Sometimes, you may need to receive general anesthesia to have impacted wisdom teeth removed from your mouth.
Sutures are generally used to help close any holes or openings from where the gums were cut. If you do not have sutures that dissolve, you will need to come back into our office to have them removed.
Care After Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Once you have had your wisdom teeth removed, you will need to properly care for your mouth and the extraction site. Dr. Cho will provide you with aftercare instructions that need to be followed.
It is important that you always follow the instructions and let Dr. Cho know if there are any issues when it comes to bleeding, swelling, or healing. You may or may not receive pain medication after the procedure.
Schedule Your Appointment with Us Today
If you are in need of dental care or you think that your wisdom teeth need to be removed, contact Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry today. We will schedule you in for aconsultation with Dr. Cho, who will evaluate your wisdom teeth and determine if they need to be removed.
Call our La Habra office now to schedule an appointment with us.
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