Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Torrance, CA
Removing Unnecessary Teeth to Improve Your Oral Health
At Blue Coast Dental, we provide services for patients of all ages, and as your child grows, there are certain milestones and what we call “rites of passage” many will experience along the way. One of these is wisdom tooth extractions in Torrance. Although not all patients need their wisdom teeth removed, it is often a common and necessary procedure for pre-teens, teenagers, and even some adults. If the word “extraction” sounds scary, don’t worry. Our team of expert dentists and staff make patient comfort our top priority, so if it’s time to say goodbye to those third molars, trust that you’ll have a safe and effective procedure that will result in optimal oral health. If you’re ready to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, call our office today.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
When looking at a diagram of the mouth, you’ll notice there are large molars that appear on each side of the jaw. They are the last ones in the back and are considered your “third molars.” Typically, these are the last to erupt through the gum line, but some patients never experience an eruption. Oftentimes, wisdom teeth can become impacted because, by the time they try to push through, there isn’t enough room for them. When this happens, swelling, pain, and tenderness can occur, resulting in the need for wisdom teeth extractions in Torrance.
Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
When considering why you might need a wisdom tooth extracted, there are a few reasons, including:
- Your tooth is impacted, meaning it has not erupted through the gum line.
- It is causing immense pain and sensitivity.
- The tooth is pressing against your nearby teeth, causing them to shift and become misaligned.
- It is developing out of alignment or at an angle
It may also be necessary to remove wisdom teeth if one of our dentists is concerned about potential oral health problems that could develop in the future.
Do All Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?
No, they do not. Some people go their entire lives never having to experience wisdom tooth extraction. If your wisdom teeth are healthy, are fully erupted, are positioned correctly and can be easily cleaned, there may be no reason at all to have them removed.
It will ultimately be up to one of our dentists to determine if you need a wisdom tooth extraction.
How Does the Extraction Process Work?
This common procedure is considered routine, and your dentist will be able to perform it in a short amount of time. Administering general anesthesia, we will numb the area(s) in which the teeth need to be removed.
Then, if the tooth has partially erupted, the dentist will gently rock the tooth back and forth until it detaches. However, if the tooth is impacted, a small incision in the gum line will be made and the dentist will begin the removal process. If necessary, your tooth may need to be cut into pieces for easier removal.
Once the tooth is removed, you will bite down on a piece of gauze for 30-45 minutes. This will reduce the amount of bleeding and encourage a blood clot to form. You will most likely experience some swelling and pain, but we will prescribe you with the necessary medication to help relieve discomfort. Make sure to take any pain medication or antibiotics as instructed.
You will want to avoid sipping through a straw or spitting to prevent the blood clot from dislodging. It is also important that you spend an ample amount of time relaxing and resting after your procedure.