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Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more of the third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars located at the back of the mouth, usually emerging between the ages of 17 and 25, though the timing can vary.
Due to factors like evolution and changes in diet, modern jaws are often too small to accommodate these additional teeth, leading to issues when they erupt. Wisdom teeth can become impacted, meaning they don’t have enough space to grow properly, causing various problems such as pain and discomfort, infection, misalignment, cysts or tumors, or gum disease.
When these issues arise, a dentist or oral surgeon may recommend wisdom tooth extraction. The procedure involves numbing the area with local anesthesia or, in some cases, using sedation to ensure the patient’s comfort. The surgeon then makes an incision in the gum tissue if necessary, removes any bone blocking access to the tooth, and carefully extracts the wisdom tooth. After extraction, the area may be stitched, and gauze may be placed to control bleeding.
Recovery typically involves following post-operative instructions, which may include pain management, swelling reduction techniques, and proper oral hygiene practices. Most people recover within a few days to a week after the procedure.
Extraction of wisdom teeth is a common dental procedure performed to prevent and alleviate potential dental problems associated with these teeth. Your dentist at Dental Spa of Artesia can assess the need for wisdom tooth extraction based on your individual oral health and X-ray evaluations.
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