Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom Teeth Removal in San Jose, CA
Wisdom teeth removal in San Jose, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, Santa Clara, Menlo Park, Atherton, Sunnydale, Palo alto and Campbell and surrounding bay area communities.
Third molars, which are commonly called wisdom teeth, are found in the back of the mouth and are typically the last molars to erupt. When the wisdom teeth finally start to break through the gums between the ages of 16 and 22, impaction can occur if there is not enough space to allow the tooth adequate room to successfully erupt. Impaction can also be caused if the tooth begins to erupt at an angle, rather than breaking straight through. This is called a mesial impact, and we see this quite often at our San Jose dental practice.
If you suspect that you have an impacted wisdom tooth, Dr. Kazemi and the team at Bay Area Dental & Implant Center are here to provide the best patient care to ensure a successful wisdom tooth extraction.
Symptoms Of An Impacted Wisdom Tooth
What is an impacted wisdom tooth, and how will you know if your wisdom tooth has become impacted?
Below are the symptoms you may experience if your wisdom tooth has become impacted:
- Severe tooth or jaw pain
- Inflammation of the gum tissue
- Swelling and redness
- Difficulty chewing
- Discomfort when swallowing
- Swollen lymph nodes
When left untreated, your wisdom tooth will continue to cause severe pain and discomfort, and the wisdom tooth impaction can even cause a serious infection in the surrounding areas of the gum tissue.
Impacted wisdom teeth are also hard to reach, and if not extracted, improper cleaning could cause inflammation or infection, decay, or even gum disease.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it is important to get your wisdom tooth extracted by a highly experienced periodontal surgeon as soon as possible. Call Bay Area Dental & Implant Center in San Jose to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Kazemi, who will utilize digital x-rays and advanced imaging tools to determine the appropriate course of treatment.
The Wisdom Tooth Removal Process
Wisdom tooth removal is generally performed using intravenous sedation, although a milder anesthesia may be used depending on the complexity of the extraction. Dr. Kazemi will begin by numbing the wisdom tooth extraction area, and will then cut through the gum tissue to expose the tooth. If the wisdom tooth is covered by bone, a special tool will be used to remove the bone and fully expose the tooth. The tooth will then be loosened from the connective tissue and will be sectioned into pieces for easier removal. Dr. Kazemi will finish the procedure by closing the incision with dissolvable stitches.
After wisdom tooth extraction surgery, the healing process and recovery time will vary depending on the patient and the severity of the impaction, although it is normal to experience minor pain, discomfort, bleeding, and swelling as the area heals.
Dr. Kazemi will provide post-surgical care instructions that should be followed carefully to ensure a smooth healing process and an optimal recovery time with no complications.
Are you interested in learning more about wisdom teeth removal at our San Jose dental practice?