When your wisdom teeth emerge, they can cause problems like overcrowding or infection and may require extraction. At Danishwar Dentistry in Culver City, California, Dr. Afsana Danishwar provides expert extraction services for wisdom teeth or other severely decayed or damaged teeth that can’t be saved through other dental restoration treatments. If you’re experiencing pain in your jaw or the back of your mouth, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Your wisdom teeth typically emerge in your late teens or early twenties, years after your other adult teeth grow into place. As a result, there may not be enough room in your jaw to accommodate this last set of molars.
This means that as your wisdom teeth erupt from your gums, they can push your other teeth closer together. This can cause overcrowding, leading to poorly positioned and overlapping teeth. Not only does this make it harder for you to keep your teeth clean, but it can interfere with your bite — the way your teeth meet when you close your mouth.
When there’s not enough room in your jaw for your wisdom teeth, they can also become impacted. This means your wisdom teeth emerge at an incorrect angle or only partly emerge, which typically leads to infection and pain.
Dr. Danishwar typically removes wisdom teeth using one of two methods. The first method is a simple extraction. She thoroughly numbs your teeth and the surrounding tissue, then uses special tools to loosen the tooth and pull it from its socket. If you are anxious about the procedure or are very sensitive, she offers sedation to keep you relaxed throughout the extraction.
If your tooth is severely impacted and can’t be wiggled loose, Dr. Danishwar uses a surgical procedure to remove the tooth. When this is the case, Dr. Danishwar gives you both a sedative and injects a local anesthetic to keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure. She uses dental surgical tools to break the tooth into smaller pieces and makes small incisions in your gums to remove the tooth.
After your extraction, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home, and you’ll need to rest. Dr. Danishwar packs your sockets with gauze, which needs to stay in place for up to 48 hours after your extraction. You can replace the gauze when it becomes saturated.
For a few days after the procedure, you should only consume soft foods you don’t need to chew. Avoid using a straw, as the sucking action can prolong bleeding. You can brush your teeth, but do so gently and take extra care around the extraction site. Rinse with a warm salt water solution instead of an over-the-counter mouthwash.