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Omid Barkhordar, DDS
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Between the ages of 17-21, almost everyone experiences the emergence of four wisdom teeth. If the wisdom teeth cannot fit the jaw, they tend to get stuck inside the gum or cause misalignment, in which case, must be extracted. This procedure is very common especially in young patients.
Why Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
If wisdom teeth cannot fit within the jaw, it can cause sinus problems, swelling, discomfort, and misalignment as they can push other teeth together or in an improper way. They must be removed in order to maintain dental health. Some of the common reasons wisdom teeth must be extracted include:
Wrong Angle: Crooked Wisdom Teeth – wisdom teeth tend to emerge out of the gums at a wrong angle, which can lead to pain, tooth crowding and potential damage to the adjoining teeth. By removing them, your mouth can be restored.
Sinus Problems– emerging wisdom teeth can also cause sinus congestion, pain, and pressure. This can be resolved by removing the wisdom teeth.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth– when the wisdom teeth do not have enough room to emerge from the gums, they will “stick” in place, either under the gums, or may emerge partially through. This leads to infection, pain and swelling and will need to be extracted quickly.
Gum Problems– your gums will swell and harden if they wisdom teeth aren’t removed. In order to upkeep dental health, the teeth need to be extracted to restore your gums.
Cosmetic Issues– if there isn’t enough room for the wisdom teeth to emerge, they can push your other teeth out of the way which can cause damage to your existing restorations (crowns/braces). To protect this from happing, the wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Removing Wisdom Teeth: What to Expect
During the entire procedure, you are put to sleep (or sedated). You will feel absolutely no pain and you may not realize the process is over once you are awakened. During the period in which you are sedated, Dr. Barkhordar will carefully create incisions in your gum tissue, and if necessary, cut off any bone that may be covering the wisdom teeth. He then focuses to remove the tissue that connects the tooth to the bone and then finally, extracts the entire tooth structure. For some people, the wisdom tooth can be locked tightly in place which may need to be broken in smaller pieces to fully extract. The incisions are then stitched up with self-dissolving sutures and a gauze is placed over the incision site to control any bleeding.
Recovering from Wisdom Tooth Removal
It is recommended that you receive plenty of rest during the recovery stages, as you need ample time to heal. It may be a good idea to take some time off work or from school to rest at home. The area will be tender, sensitive, and sore to the touch. Dr. Barkhordar will prescribe pain medication to help manage the discomfort. You should be eating only soft foods in order for the healing process to work. This diet includes yogurt, mashed potatoes, pudding, and soups. Some people experience swelling more than others, which is normal. It is recommended to place an ice pack over the swelling to reduce it.
A blood clot will form over the healing area of where your wisdom tooth was and it is important to not disrupt the clot. Avoid smoking, using straws to drink, as suction causes the clot to dislodge. Do not rinse your mouth or forcefully spit. Treat your mouth gently during the entire duration of the healing process. You will heal quicker and avoid complications by following the guidelines Dr. Barkhordar prescribes to you.
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Wisdom teeth are very common among young people. If you are feeling any type of discomfort, Downey Dental Arts practices gentle dentistry and can make sure you are cared for throughout the entire procedure. We are looking forward to seeing you soon.
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- D.E. Santa Barbara, CA
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