Best Dentists for Wisdom Tooth Removal in Palo Alto, Redwood City, & Santa Clara, CA
Teeth extraction in Palo Alto, Redwood City, & Santa Clara, CA procedure is usually done under local or general anesthesia to remove one or more wisdom teeth which are the permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth. Teeth extractions may also be required on other teeth than wisdom teeth or molars.
Why are wisdom tooth extractions necessary? According to the Mayo Clinic, wisdom teeth are the last molars to appear and they usually erupt between the ages of 17-25. For some people, these molars may never erupt and for some the molars may be impacted, i.e., the tooth may not have enough room to erupt normally. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, gum disease, infection, damage to the surrounding teeth, cysts, and more.
In cases where wisdom tooth extraction in Palo Alto, Redwood City or Santa Clara is advised, oral surgeons at Blue Turtle Dental perform a procedure that entails cutting the gum line to expose the tooth, if the tooth has not erupted. The surgeon will remove any bone hindering access to the tooth before separating the tooth into sections to make extraction easier.
The extraction is completed, and any material surrounding the bone and gum line is cleaned. The wound is then patched up. Gauze is applied to the removal site to contain any more bleeding and aid in clotting.
What Can You Expect during the procedure and afterward?
Wisdom tooth extraction in Palo Alto, Redwood City, & Santa Clara is a safe and standard outpatient treatment. Usually performed under local or general anesthesia, your doctor will perform the procedure to gently remove the wisdom tooth. When done under local anesthesia, you may feel some pressure while the surgeon rocks the tooth back and forth before taking it out.
With adequate aftercare, recovery following a wisdom tooth extraction procedure may take a few days. In the days after the procedure, we recommend that you:
- Avoid strenuous exercise
- Avoid vigorously rinsing your mouth
- Avoid touching the wound area
- Avoid drinking hot drinks
- Apply ice packs to the outside of your cheek
- Remove the sterile gauze applied to the wound area after the bleeding stops
- Take prescribed medications, as advised by your doctor