Long ago, the wisdom teeth, also called the third molars, played an important role in the human jaw. They were responsible for helping humans to chew a variety of coarse foods. After the invention of cooking, which softened foods considerably, the third molars were no longer necessary. Over time, the human jaw began to shrink to the size it is today. While the jaw shrank, the wisdom teeth continue to develop. These teeth erupt somewhere between your late teens and early 20s. The last to erupt, they are also the most likely to cause significant complications. When your wisdom teeth are causing you problems, Woodland Hills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery can perform a wisdom teeth removal.
Impacted wisdom teeth can be caused by issues such as insufficient space, the angle or growth, or tissue blockages. When your wisdom teeth are impacted, they can cause several issues.
Before treating your wisdom teeth, we first need to determine that they are the cause of your jaw, and other, problems. Diagnosing impacted wisdom teeth requires a thorough oral exam. We first visually inspect the interior of your mouth. We check the back your jaws, looking for red, swollen tissue or even partially erupted teeth. We also take digital X-rays. The X-rays will allow us to see under your gums. We can see your jawbone, the position of the wisdom teeth, damage to adjacent teeth, and cysts. Once we have diagnosed impacted wisdom teeth, we can then move forward to make a treatment plan to remove them.
Removing wisdom teeth is the best option for restoring your oral health and quality of life. There are two types of extractions, simple and surgical. Impacted wisdom teeth typically require surgical extraction. With this type of extraction, done under a local anesthetic as well as sedation, incisions are made in the gums to expose the impacted teeth. The teeth are then carefully removed. In some cases, they may need to be broken, or we may have to remove a small amount of bone. Once the teeth have been removed, the surgical sites are sutured closed. Unlike other teeth, the wisdom teeth do not need to be replaced.
If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain and interfering with your daily life, and extraction is often the best solution. Call Woodland Hills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today for more information and to schedule your consultation at (818) 999-0900.