When might I need wisdom teeth extractions?

The wisdom teeth are known for being problematic for many of our patients, so removal of these teeth is commonly performed. Drs. Mircea Mitu and George D’Louhy of Family Dental Center in Manteca, California, can evaluate a patient to determine if they will benefit from wisdom teeth removal, a unique surgery used to remove a wisdom tooth with decay, breakage, or one that has become impacted underneath the gum line.

What types of wisdom tooth surgery may be performed?

There are a few different types of wisdom tooth surgery that your dentist may recommend, depending on the position of your wisdom teeth and the severity of any problems. These include:

  • Extraction: This is the most common type of wisdom tooth surgery and involves removing the tooth from the socket.
  • Partial extraction: If your wisdom tooth is only partially erupted, the dentist may need to make an incision to remove it.
  • Impacted tooth removal: If your wisdom tooth is completely buried under the gum tissue or has only partially erupted, it will need to be removed with surgery. This procedure may require making an incision in the gum tissue and breaking up the tooth before removing it. It is more invasive and requires a longer recovery and healing time afterward.

Understanding extraction site preservation

Extraction site preservation with wisdom tooth surgery is a fairly standard procedure. Most people have their wisdom teeth removed during their late teens or early twenties when the teeth are most likely to cause problems. However, extraction site preservation can still benefit adults who need to have their wisdom teeth removed. The goal is to prevent infection and reduce swelling. Infection can occur if bacteria enter the wound created by the surgery. Swelling can cause pain and make it difficult for the patient to eat and speak.

Do you believe you need wisdom teeth surgery?

Wisdom teeth removal is a standard procedure performed by the team at Family Dental Center in Manteca, CA. Suppose you live in or around the area and want to work with Drs. Mircea Mitu and George D’Louhy, to improve your oral health and wellness, we welcome you to call our office at (209) 420-1205. The office is conveniently located at 521 East Center Street and is open to new patients and families.