Around 85% of Americans end up needing to have their wisdom teeth removed. At Rotary Way Oral Surgery, in Vallejo, California, Jeffrey Graves, DDS, provides expert wisdom teeth extraction services including surgical removal. If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, call Rotary Way Oral Surgery or make an appointment online today.
What are the signs I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Your wisdom teeth are your last set of molars. They usually emerge in late adolescence and early adulthood, which is typically when they start to cause problems.
A common sign of wisdom teeth trouble is pain. You might have pain in your jaw, neck, or even start to get headaches as they erupt. Your wisdom teeth may also get stuck in your jaw or not emerge at all, which can not only cause pain but lead to infections and abscesses.
As they emerge, your wisdom teeth may also push your other teeth closer together, which causes overlap and overcrowding. Overcrowded teeth are more difficult to brush and floss, which can increase your risk of tooth decay.
However, the only way to know for sure that you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted is with the advice of a licensed and experienced dental professional.
How should I prepare for my wisdom teeth extraction?
The night before your extraction, eat a light dinner and get a good night’s rest. On the day of your surgery, don’t eat anything for at least eight hours before your appointment and abstain from alcohol and tobacco products. You should remove all nail polish, and you should wear a short-sleeved shirt. Dr. Graves provides anesthesia, so make sure to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment.
What happens during wisdom tooth extraction?
At Rotary Way Oral Surgery, Dr. Graves performs simple and surgical wisdom teeth extractions. He begins both procedures by thoroughly numbing your mouth and providing a sedative to keep you comfortable and relaxed. If you need a simple extraction, Dr. Graves grasps your tooth with special forceps and wiggles it loose before pulling it from the socket.
However, if your wisdom teeth are impacted or stuck in your jaw, he needs to make an incision in your jaw to access and extract your teeth. In this case, he closes any incisions with dissolvable stitches.
When your surgery is complete, Dr. Graves provides aftercare instructions and schedules a follow-up appointment to make sure your gums heal correctly.
If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth, call Rotary Way Oral Surgery or make an appointment online today.