Glendale dentist explains what generally happens during wisdom teeth removal

Written by Dr. McKay on Nov 6, 2012

Wisdom teeth extraction can really help your smile remain healthy and beautiful. Not only are emerging wisdom teeth painful, they can also cause your teeth to shift around and become cramped and crowded. And wisdom teeth that don’t emerge properly can cause a host of long-term dental problems. That’s why wisdom teeth extraction is an important procedure for many dental patients.

Today I’m going to give you an idea of how wisdom teeth extraction happens in our Glendale dentist office. I hope that after reading this explanation you’ll feel more comfortable pursing treatment if necessary.

Your wisdom teeth are located in the very back of your mouth along your top and bottom jaw lines. In order to extract these teeth, we often have to perform surgery, because many wisdom teeth do not successfully erupt and emerge above the gum line.

To start treatment your mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Then many patients will also require a sedative to keep them calm and comfortable during treatment. Our dental team will discuss your sedation options with you and help you pick a treatment that meets your specific needs.

At this point our dental team will pull any wisdom teeth that are already visible along the gum line. We’ll surgically remove impacted wisdom teeth that are still encased in bone tissue. After removing your wisdom teeth, we’ll close the surgical opening with sutures, and you’ll go through a post-op recovery period as your gum and bone tissues heal.

This is the basic process for wisdom teeth extraction—your treatment process may differ slightly depending on your particular needs. With modern sedation, wisdom teeth extraction doesn’t have to be traumatic—you can safeguard your smile and your health with proper wisdom teeth extraction. Give us call to talk to our Glendale dentist about wisdom teeth removal or any other dental treatment!