Davis Oral Surgery & Implant Center offers wisdom tooth extractions in Davis, CA. For more information on our procedures or to schedule an appointment for a wisdom tooth consultation, please call our office at 530-297-7000.
What Is A Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Wisdom tooth extraction is an oral surgery procedure that removes one or all of the third molars. In most patients, the third molars never erupt properly into the mouth due to the teeth's positions or lack of space.
While some patients' wisdom teeth do not cause problems and can safely be left alone, others may become impacted, cause pain, infection, or develop cysts. Wisdom teeth can also damage other teeth if the crown pushes against your healthy, erupted molars.
The most common reason wisdom teeth need to be extracted is because of impaction. Impaction means that the tooth is fully or partially stuck in the bone, and can't fully emerge above the gum line.
For impacted wisdom teeth that do emerge, they often do so at an angle, causing discomfort for a number of reasons. They cause pressure discomfort from pushing on other teeth, and they can create a deep gum pocket that is nearly impossible to keep clean. Gum disease, infection, tooth decay, and bad breath can result. There are two types of impacted teeth:
- Full bony impaction means that the tooth can't erupt from the jawbone. Even after the oral surgeon makes an incision in the gum, they cannot see the tooth. In this case, Dr. Albadawi removes the tooth's crown in one piece and cuts the root into sections for easier removal.
- Partial bony impaction means the tooth has begun to erupt from the jaw bone but has not reached above the gum line. Soft tissue covers the part of the tooth that sits above the gum line.
All teeth are supplied with nerves that allow them to feel heat, cold, and pressure. Sometimes, when wisdom teeth are too close to the nerve (inferior alveolar nerve) that supplies sensation to the bottom teeth, a coronectomy is an excellent solution. A coronectomy is a procedure in which the oral surgeon extracts only the tooth's crown, leaving the roots in place. This prevents the tooth’s crown from causing infection and damage to the other healthy molars while protecting the nerve.
Benefits of A Wisdom Tooth Extraction
- Prevents damage to other teeth
- Prevents Periodontal disease
- Reduces discomfort in the mouth
- Reduces bad breath
- Lowers the need for future dental work
- Reduces the chance of future infections and cyst formation
Who are Good Candidates for Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
When family dentists refer patients to an oral surgeon for wisdom tooth removal, they believe the patients would benefit from the surgery. The wisdom teeth may already be causing problems with molars or other nearby teeth. The dentist may also be able to predict the chance of future issues.
Why Choose Davis Oral Surgery and Implant Center?
Our practice provides oral surgery procedures in a friendly, patient-centered setting. We use the latest equipment to make our procedures as comfortable as possible. We make sure that our patients feel relaxed and have all the information they need to make decisions about their care.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wisdom Teeth
Call Davis Oral Surgery & Implant Center
When patients need wisdom tooth surgery, we are here to answer all your questions and provide a comfortable experience with support during your recovery. Please call our office at 530-297-7000 to schedule a consultation.