Wisdom Teeth Removal near you Rancho Bernardo
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Dr. Robert I. Lozano

Expert Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego

What are wisdom teeth?

We’ve all heard of them, but what are wisdom teeth? And why do they cause so many problems?

Third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, are the last set of teeth to emerge in the mouth. They typically appear between the ages of 17 and 25, although the timing can vary. Wisdom teeth are located at the back of the mouth, both on the top and bottom, near the entrance to the throat. The term “wisdom” in “wisdom teeth” reflects the age range when these teeth typically appear. The idea is that these molars erupt during a time in life that is often associated with increased maturity or wisdom (though your results may vary).

However, it’s important to note that not everyone develops wisdom teeth, and even if they do, they may not cause any problems. In cases where wisdom teeth are impacted or causing oral health issues, their removal may be necessary.

Reasons of wisdom teeth removal

Wisdom teeth extraction becomes necessary when there is inadequate space in the mouth for them to erupt properly. Here are the different types or degrees of impaction based on the depth of the teeth within the jaw:

  • Soft tissue impaction: In this case, the upper portion of the wisdom tooth (the crown) has pushed through the jawbone but is covered by the gum tissue. The gum does not position properly around the tooth, making it difficult to keep the area clean. As a result, food particles can get trapped below the gum, leading to infection, tooth decay, pain, and swelling.
  • Partial bony impaction: With partial bony impaction, the wisdom tooth has partially erupted through the gum tissue, but a portion of the crown remains submerged beneath the gum and surrounding jawbone. The partially erupted tooth creates a pocket where bacteria and food debris can accumulate, causing infection and other oral health problems.
  • Complete bony impaction: In cases of complete bony impaction, the wisdom tooth is fully encased within the jawbone. The tooth does not erupt through the gum, and its complete removal requires more complex oral surgery techniques.

These different degrees of impaction can cause discomfort, pain, swelling, and various oral health issues if left untreated. At RB Dental Excellence, our team evaluates the position and condition of wisdom teeth using X-rays and oral examinations to determine the appropriate course of action.

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Problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth

It’s important to address impacted wisdom teeth to prevent further complications and maintain good oral health. Sometimes this involves extraction. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can result in:

  • Damage to nearby teeth: Impacted wisdom teeth can exert pressure on the second molars, which are located in front of them. This pressure can lead to tooth decay, cavities, gum disease (periodontal disease), and even bone loss in some cases.
  • Tooth crowding (maybe): There is a theory that impacted wisdom teeth can cause crowding or misalignment of the other teeth in the mouth. However, this theory is not universally accepted by all dental professionals, and scientific studies have not definitively validated this claim.
  • Infection: When the gum tissue partially covers the impacted wisdom tooth, it creates a space where bacteria and food particles can become trapped. This can lead to infection, resulting in pain, swelling, and potential complications if left untreated.
  • Cysts and tumors: Although relatively uncommon, impacted wisdom teeth can sometimes lead to the development of cysts or tumors in the surrounding areas. These fluid-filled sacs or abnormal growths can cause damage to the jawbone, nearby teeth, and other oral structures.

Comprehensive wisdom teeth evaluation

At RB Dental Excellence, we prioritize the thorough evaluation of your wisdom teeth and the surrounding teeth. Just like any dental procedure, our experienced dentists will conduct a comprehensive examination to assess your specific needs. Utilizing advanced panoramic or digital X-rays, we will evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth, identifying any existing problems or potential future complications. These X-rays also enable us to detect additional risk factors, such as tooth decay or deterioration in neighboring teeth.

Early evaluation and treatment, typically during the mid-teen years, are strongly recommended to proactively identify any concerns and optimize outcomes for patients requiring wisdom teeth extractions. Rest assured, our dentists will guide you through the process, offering ersonalized recommendations based on your unique circumstances.

What can I expect from wisdom teeth removal?

Wisdom teeth removal is a routine procedure performed by our highly skilled specialists in the comfort of our office surgery suite. With the options of local anesthesia, intravenous (IV) sedation, or general anesthesia, your comfort and safety are our top priorities. Unlike complex surgeries, wisdom teeth removal does not typically require an overnight stay, allowing you to return home on the same day.

Before you leave, our team will provide you with clear post-operative instructions and, if necessary, prescribe medication to alleviate any swelling or discomfort you may experience. Trust our dedicated team to provide you with exceptional care and support throughout your wisdom teeth evaluation and removal process. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a healthier, more comfortable smile.


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