Wisdom Teeth Removal IrvineIf you’re suffering from tooth pain, getting a tooth extraction can provide relief. In some cases, your wisdom teeth can be the cause of pain. At OC Dental Specialists, our dentists have performed many successful wisdom teeth extractions in Irvine, keeping our patients healthier as a result. If you have impacted teeth or no room for wisdom teeth, set up your appointment today to get them out and protect your oral health on the whole.
All About Tooth Extractions
In addition to wisdom teeth, other teeth in your mouth may need an extraction in some cases. However, we always look at tooth extraction as a last resort. If possible, we do whatever we can to save your tooth. Still, if there are certain indicators in your mouth, a tooth extraction could be your best option. Indicators such as:
- Pain (mild to severe and throbbing)
- Infection (around or inside of the tooth)
- Presence of cysts
- Crowding of adjacent teeth
- Gum diseases
- Tooth decay beyond repair
- Impacted canines or molars
Why Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
There are many reasons to warrant the removal of wisdom teeth. In many instances, the reason to take them out is preventative. Your wisdom teeth currently might not be painful, but it is better to remove them before they result in inevitable symptoms. Just because they don’t hurt now doesn’t mean that down the line other problems won’t arise. With imaging, your dentist can see the orientation of the teeth and provide predictions for how they can or cannot grow into your mouth. In some cases, the teeth may already be impacted, meaning they won’t grow past the jaw gumline. Instead, they just sit beneath your gums putting your other teeth and oral health at risk.
Other times, your exam may show us that your mouth will be too small for wisdom teeth. The teeth might still try to grow in, but they will compete with your other teeth for space. This can lead to alignment issues or potential future damage to nearby teeth if not addressed.
What Is Tooth Extraction Like?
You may be wondering if getting your wisdom teeth extracted or other teeth pulled is painful. With modern advancements in pain management, these dental procedures are generally entirely painless. For some cases, you may need only local anesthesia applied for you to stay comfortable. For more involved extractions, we may provide full sedation so that you are out for the entire procedure. In these cases, you will need someone to drive you home afterward.
In the extraction area, your dentist will use specialized dental tools to precisely and quickly remove the target tooth or teeth. If the tooth isn’t exposed, your surgeon will make an incision, then close it with stitches afterward. If the problem tooth is above the gum line, then a simple pulling procedure is used. We will let you know ahead of time about every factor for your treatment, so you aren’t in the dark about it from start to finish.
My Tooth’s Extracted, Now What?
After a successful wisdom tooth removal surgery, it’s common to experience some discomfort for a couple of days. You may also experience some minor bleeding and swelling inside the mouth and jaw. However, this quickly stops, as the human mouth can heal itself quite quickly. Your oral surgeon will provide you with a detailed post-treatment plan for recovery with instructions for diet and home care. Most patients become symptom-free after a few days. If you have any questions while healing from a tooth extraction, call our office and we will provide and info and help that we can.
For general tooth extractions, there will be a gap now where your tooth once was. At dentist in Irvine, our office will provide a wide array of solutions for what’s best for you. Depending on your unique situation, many treatment options can be prescribed to get your smile back to its full glory and take care of your missing teeth. Treatments such as dental implants, dentures, and or bridges are all excellent ways to restore or rebuild a smile and get you looking your best.
Otherwise, for wisdom teeth removal, once you have healed you should be in better shape than before. Without impacted teeth to worry about, you minimize oral health risks such as infection or misaligned teeth.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
To get started on seeing if a tooth extraction or wisdom teeth removal in Irvine is right for you, call us today. Even if you do not have symptoms yet of impacted teeth, it is important to learn more about your wisdom teeth to prevent future problems and risks. We offer same-day emergency appointments if needed for when tooth extraction simply cannot wait. With many 5-star reviews, we will be able to help you like our other patients.