Wisdom teeth can cause severe pain when they're erupting, and they may also cause major alignment issues for the other teeth. Willow Glen Dental Specialists in San Jose, California has an experienced oral surgeon, Dr. Sirish Makan, who extracts wisdom teeth to allow for a healthy mouth again. Today's wisdom teeth extraction techniques are more advanced than ever, allowing for easier recoveries than ever in the past.
If you're experiencing a persistent ache or even serious pain in the back of your mouth, your wisdom teeth might be the culprit. In some cases, your teeth might start to shift, becoming increasingly misaligned, if your wisdom teeth are erupting.
If you're having any of these problems, your general dentist might refer you to Dr. Makan, the oral surgeon at Willow Glen Dental Specialists, for wisdom teeth extraction.
Impaction is a common wisdom tooth ('third molar') problem. The provider will review the severity of impaction with you to discuss your treatment options.
An impacted wisdom tooth grows at an angle instead of erupting in its normal position. This occurs because there's not enough room for the wisdom tooth to erupt -- and it means that the tooth can uproot existing teeth. An impacted wisdom tooth requires removal -- usually, the sooner the better. If the tooth isn't removed, it can eventually cause you to lose your adjacent molars and may potentially cause an infection.
No, not necessarily. It depends on which teeth have erupted, how much they erupted, whether they're causing you any trouble, and other factors specific to you. Dr. Makan will make recommendations based on what's best for you, now and in the long term.
Recovery from wisdom teeth extraction is now easier and quicker than it's ever been. Thanks to Dr. Makan's oral surgery expertise and skill, your wisdom teeth extraction will be a smooth process with a recovery that typically lasts from 3 days to 2 weeks, depending on the amount of impaction of the tooth.
You'll need to follow a soft diet for at least a couple of days after your wisdom teeth extraction. Some foods that you can enjoy during this time include:
Starting the day after your wisdom teeth extraction, you'll need to rinse your mouth out after every meal using a saltwater mixture. Remember, be extra gentle for the first week or so while your mouth heals.
Wisdom teeth making you miserable? There's no reason to suffer. Make an appointment with Dr. Makan via our online appointment tool now.