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Wisdom Teeth Removal in Palo Alto & Redwood City, CA

Best Dentists for Wisdom Tooth Extractions 

A wisdom teeth extraction procedure is usually done under local or general anesthesia to remove one or more wisdom teeth that are the permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth.

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 tooth can cause pain, gum disease, infection, damage to the surrounding teeth, cysts and more.

In cases where wisdom teeth extraction 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.

What Can You Expect during the procedure and afterwards?

Wisdom tooth extraction 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

Frequently Asked Questions

At Blue Turtle Dental, our dentists and surgeons offer comfort, skill, and careful attention to detail. We utilize the latest in technology to make your experience comfortable. Our oral surgeons are highly skilled and bring in years of experience to ensure no detail is overlooked in ensuring that your wisdom tooth extraction is safe, pain-free and precise.

With us, you can trust that you’re getting the exact care you need. Our policy is based on integrity: we don’t sell you treatments that have no benefit to you just to improve our bottom line. We vow to work together to find the right option for you, not just aesthetically but financially as well.

Our oral surgeons provide three different types of anesthesia for wisdom teeth extractions:

  • Local Anesthesia to numb the area around the procedure so you don’t feel any pain
  • Sedative Anesthesia if you are very anxious about the procedure. Sedative anesthesia lowers your awareness and your response to external stimuli
  • General anesthesia to make you go into a deep sleep and you are unaware of the procedure

Your doctor will decide on the type of anesthesia required for the procedure. Please call us at 650-503-6777 to discuss additional questions you may have regarding your case.

Wisdom tooth extraction can take anywhere between 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on the number of wisdom teeth that need to be extracted and the difficulty in gaining access to the impacted tooth.

This time includes the pre-surgery prep work, the actual procedure and the post-operative procedures.

We highly recommend having someone drive you home after any surgical procedure. Even after mild sedation or local anesthesia, your reflexes may be slow and your thought process delayed that may impair your  driving abilities.

If you receive sedation IV or general anesthesia, you should not get back behind the wheels until after a minimum of 24 hours. Please plan accordingly.

It is estimated that over 50 percent of men and women in the United States experience anxiety while visiting the dentist, with about 25 percent of people cancelling their appointments because of this fear. At Blue Turtle Dental, we utilize the most advanced techniques and technology, including single tooth anesthesia, to maximize patient comfort and safety and turn your wisdom teeth extraction into a relaxing experience.

Impacted wisdom tooth should be extracted as early as possible. Delaying treatment can not only aggravate your dental health and cause gum diseases, including infection, injury to neighboring teeth, and pain, delayed extraction later in life can increased risk of irritation or damage to the mandibular nerve. The nerve damage can cause numbness or a tingling sensation in your mouth, which usually resolves within weeks of the procedure. In very rare number of cases, the nerve damage can be permanent.

At Blue Turtle Dental, your health and safety are our top priorities. Our highly-skilled and experienced oral surgeons perform hundreds of safe, efficient and quick wisdom tooth extractions every month. Schedule a call with our specialists and you can be assured of an honest discussion and competent advice!

Generally speaking, most insurances usually cover 50% to 80% for wisdom teeth removal, but there are many variables involved, such as your dental plan coverage, co-payments, and the complexity of the surgery.

Please call our office for details on your insurance coverage for wisdom teeth extractions, so you can make an informed decision. We will go through every detail with you so you understand what is covered, what is not and why. If you’d like to discuss your case with us, please call or text us at: (650) 503-6777

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Palo Alto Office:

Mon – Fri: 8:00 AM – 5: 00 PM

Sat: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Redwood City Office:

Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday: 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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