Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth Removal

At Select Dental we offer a 24 Hour Emergency Dental Services. For the convenience of our patients who are having severe tooth pain we perform all dental procedures at our San Leandro dental office.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last molars in your mouth on each side of the jaws. They are usually the last teeth to emerge, usually when a person is between 16 and 20. Since wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to come in, sometimes there is not enough room left in your mouth to accommodate them. This can lead to wisdom teeth that are impacted, teeth that are trapped beneath the gum tissue by other teeth or bone. If teeth are impacted, swelling and tenderness may occur. Wisdom teeth that only partially emerge or come in crooked or sideways can also lead to painful crowding and disease. Since teeth removed before age 20 have less developed roots and fewer complications, it is recommended that people between the ages of 16-20 have their wisdom teeth evaluated to see if they need to have them removed.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

A tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. Our dentists, called an oral surgeon, will recommend either “going to sleep” using general anesthesia, or numbing this area in your mouth with a local anesthesia. We preform all procedures in our office. After the tooth (or teeth) is removed, you may be asked to bite down softly on a piece of gauze for 30 to 45 minutes after you leave the office, to limit any bleeding that may occur. Some pain and swelling may occur but it will normally go away after a few days; however, give us a call if you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever. Removal of wisdom teeth due to crowding or impaction should not affect your bite or oral health in the future.

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