Wisdom Teeth Removal in Auburn, CA
Safe and Comfortable Third Molar Extraction
Inside your mouth, there are first and second molars responsible for chewing food. Between the ages of 17 and 25, many people develop additional third molars, known as wisdom teeth. There is often not enough room in the mouth for these extra molars, which is why dentists and oral surgeons recommend having them removed.
At Golden Foothills Oral, Facial, & Dental Implant Surgery, we regularly extract wisdom teeth in the comfort of our Auburn, CA, office. Dr. Liberty and Dr. Song closely evaluate the needs of every patient and will walk you through each step of your oral surgery treatment. To see if it's time for you or your child to have wisdom teeth removed, contact our office in Auburn, CA, today for a consultation.
Why Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Necessary?
When there is not enough room for wisdom teeth to erupt, they can cause overcrowding and damage to adjacent teeth. Wisdom teeth can push nearby molars out of alignment, resulting in misalignment of your other teeth. Many people experience pain and swelling with wisdom teeth as they try to make room in the dental arch.
If left untreated, wisdom teeth can lead to more serious oral infections and the formation of cysts or tumors in the mouth. As you age, facial bones get harder and these molars become more firmly embedded in the jaw, making it more difficult to extract them. By having an oral surgeon remove your wisdom teeth early, you prevent these issues. Our surgeons at Golden Foothills Oral, Facial, & Dental Implant Surgery perform wisdom tooth extractions for teens and adults.
What Is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth?
A wisdom tooth can become stuck below the surface of the gums, known as impaction. A partially impacted wisdom tooth partially erupts, while a fully impacted tooth remains completely trapped below the gum tissue. Impacted teeth can cause many oral health problems, such as cavities, gum disease, and oral infection. Partially impacted teeth are difficult to clean around and easily trap bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay.
Impacted wisdom teeth require surgical extraction because they will not erupt on their own. If left in the mouth, fully impacted teeth can grow sideways toward adjacent molars and cause further damage. Oral surgeons specialize in removing impacted teeth with great care and precision to protect your oral health.
Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth
Some people do not experience any symptoms from their wisdom teeth, while others experience pain in the back of the mouth. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact our office to see if it's time to have your third molars removed:
- Pain or swelling of the jaw or face
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- An ongoing bad taste in the mouth
- Ongoing bad breath, even with regular brushing
- Difficulty fully opening the mouth
Even if you do not experience symptoms, you may still have wisdom teeth. At dental exams, your dentist takes X-rays of your mouth and will refer you to an oral surgeon if wisdom teeth are detected.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery
We make the wisdom teeth removal process seamless and comfortable. During the consultation, we will take 3D scans of your teeth and discuss your anesthesia options to ensure your comfort. This procedure is often performed using IV sedation, which will render you into a semi-conscious state, and local anesthesia, which numbs the surgical area.
Your oral surgeon will administer the anesthesia and begin the surgery when you are comfortable. Your surgeon will extract erupted wisdom teeth using forceps, similar to a simple tooth extraction. To remove impacted wisdom teeth, your surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue to access and extract them.
Sutures are placed over the extraction sites and a responsible adult will drive you home. This person should remain with you for 24 hours while you are under the effects of anesthesia. Follow the instructions we provide closely to aid in your recovery. They will include how to brush your teeth, avoid dry socket, and minimize discomfort.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Auburn, CA
Our experts regularly perform wisdom teeth removal in the comfort of our office using the latest technology and anesthesia options to keep our patients comfortable and safe. We have three offices in the greater Sacramento area to serve our patients. If you live in Auburn, CA, or nearby areas, we invite you to contact us for an appointment today.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?
The cost of wisdom teeth removal varies for every patient. Your total cost will include the number of wisdom teeth you have, your choice of anesthesia, your insurance, and the complexity of your surgery. We provide every patient with a cost estimate during the first visit. Contact our Auburn, CA, office to find out how much your wisdom teeth removal would cost.
Can my local dentist remove a wisdom tooth?
Oral surgeons are most qualified to remove wisdom teeth and perform oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures. General dentists can perform simple tooth extractions, but will refer patients to an oral surgeon if the patient has multiple or impacted wisdom teeth. Even if you only have one wisdom tooth, you should see an oral surgeon for treatment.
How long does removing wisdom teeth take?
Wisdom teeth removal surgery itself takes between 30 and 60 minutes. You can expect to be in the office for around 90 minutes. This includes time to administer anesthesia and the period after surgery where you rest until the anesthesia wears off.
What is a dry socket and what do I do if I have one?
A dry socket occurs when the blood clot forming with a tooth socket becomes dislodged. It is quite painful, as the underlying nerves and bone are exposed. If you suspect a dry socket or feel any pain beyond what was expected, contact your oral surgeon immediately. You can avoid getting a dry socket by not smoking, using straws, or rinsing your mouth during the healing period.
The New Standard of Oral Surgery and Patient Care
We are honored to be a part of the greater Sacramento area and help others improve their health and confidence through oral and maxillofacial surgery. Please contact us in El Dorado Hills, Folsom, or Auburn today to learn more about our services or to schedule your consultation.