Having wisdom teeth gives new meaning to “cutting your teeth.” These teeth usually appear between ages 17 and 21. If allowed to grow into your mouth, these obsolete teeth can help you chew. However, sometimes they cause severe dental damage. So how do you know if you need wisdom teeth removal? How does this removal take place?

Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

a woman undergoes wisdom teeth removalEvery person is unique. Therefore, your dentist at Zeal Dentistry in San Francisco must decide whether you need your wisdom teeth removed after reviewing your dental x-rays for the positions of your wisdom teeth.

Some signs you need wisdom teeth removal include:

  • Pain
  • Cysts or tumors
  • Infection
  • Damage to nearby teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay

Your Zeal Dentistry dentist will also recommend wisdom teeth removal in special circumstances, such as when you need braces. Before scheduling your extraction surgery, the dentist talks to you about your wisdom teeth and why they must come out.

Step-by-Step Process of Wisdom Teeth Removal

The first step in wisdom teeth removal is sedation. Your dentist discusses anesthesia options with you, including local anesthetic and other methods. The goal is to numb the tooth itself as well as surrounding tissues. With this anesthesia, your procedure will not be painful.

Using X-rays and an oral exam to guide him, the dentist next removes gum tissue covering your wisdom tooth. If you have an impacted tooth, your wisdom tooth removal possibly requires removal of some bone covering the tooth and causing the impaction. If the tooth is already grown into your mouth, the process seems much like the removal of other teeth.

The dentist uses special instruments to loosen the tooth from its socket and connective tissues. Sometimes the procedure requires the dentist to cut the tooth into multiple pieces before removing it.

Once your wisdom tooth is out, the dentist then stitches your gums back together if necessary. Some wisdom teeth removal procedures do not require stitches.

After your surgery, the dentist provides simple care instructions. Part of these instructions includes biting down on sterile gauze.

The procedure takes place in the Zeal Dentistry office. You need someone else to drive you home and help you get comfortable, as you’ll still be feeling the effects of your anesthesia. Furthermore, you’ll heal best with some rest.

San Francisco Wisdom Teeth Extraction and Other Dental Services

Your Zeal Dentistry professionals and staff provide the highest quality of dental services for your tooth extraction and other treatments.

Other dental services Dr. Raina provides at Zeal Dentistry include the following:

Dr. Raina and his team provide pediatric dentistry for the young members of your family. This means everyone in your household gains the quality dental care they need in the same trusted location. Zeal Dentistry provides dental implants and other oral surgeries, too.

You can enjoy these smile improvement services from the familiar location on Market Street in the heart of downtown San Francisco. The practice remains the same, with Dr. Raina joining the team.

If you feel concerned about needing wisdom teeth removal or other dental procedures, Dr. Raina looks forward to providing a consultation. Simply call Zeal Dentistry at 415.792.4771 to schedule your visit.