Published on October 6, 2015, Updated on April 14, 2022
About Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth extractions are one of the most common types of surgeries people go through. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that 85% of wisdom teeth need removal. The only safe way to remove or extract wisdom teeth is by surgery.
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Why Wisdom Teeth Need Removing
The majority of people near Tustin will grow one or more wisdom teeth starting at age ten. There are some very lucky people who never grow wisdom teeth but chances are you will not be one of them. These teeth need to be removed because of the severe pain they can cause throughout your life. Other teeth can also cause the same pain and oral problems as wisdom teeth. Other teeth problems may require a tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth removal near Tustin also prevents painful cysts from forming inside of the gums around the wisdom teeth.
Before and After Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure
You will need to fast before surgery. Our dental office near Tustin CA will let you know how many hours you need to fast, but generally it starts from midnight. You need to be driven to and from this outpatient procedure, especially if this is your first time under anesthesia. Depending on how many teeth need removing and how severely they are impacted, anesthesia may be local (where you are awake) or general (where you are unconscious).
Four fully impacted wisdom teeth, for example, requires general anesthesia and extensive stitching. Plan to take at least one whole day off from work or school. Stock up on soft foods. Each person reacts differently to wisdom tooth extractions but plan on having a very sore mouth for a few days. Schedule an appointment with us today if you’re near Tustin, CA.