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When people reach their late teens or early adult years, wisdom teeth usually appear on the scene. They are the final teeth to come in, and they are the third and last molars on each side of your upper and lower jaw. Often, these teeth are impacted, or your dentist may notice that they’re coming in crooked. Because of this, most people choose to have them extracted through oral surgery. At Gage Dental Care in the greater Los Angeles area, we extract wisdom teeth through surgical methods.

The Best Time to Remove Wisdom Teeth

In most cases, we recommend removing wisdom teeth when you're younger because the bone surrounding the teeth is softer. When the bone is soft, it’s less likely that adjacent teeth or nerves will become damaged during the procedure. It’s more challenging to remove wisdom teeth in older patients because the jawbone increases in density as you age. Also, if wisdom teeth are present longer, it gives them a chance to develop their roots more fully.

About the Procedure

Most people choose to be placed under anesthesia when they’re having their wisdom teeth removed. If you do, then you will not experience pain during the procedure. However, you will need someone to drive you home. To complete the treatment, your oral surgeon will form an incision in the tissue of your gum to expose the wisdom tooth and the surrounding bone. He or she will then remove the bone that is blocking access to the root. The next step usually involves cutting the tooth into sections. Often, it’s easier to remove the tooth this way. Your oral surgeon will remove the tooth and clean the debris from the site. The wound will be stitched up to encourage healing.

After the Procedure

You may experience some bleeding during the first day following the surgery. Your oral surgeon will also advise you to eat soft foods for the first 24 hours. If the site is painful, it is safe for you to take over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen. Your dentist will probably prescribe a more powerful pain pill for you to take after the surgery.

Recover in Comfort

At Gage Dental Care, we will ensure that you’re comfortable during and following the procedure. Once you wake up from the anesthesia, our staff will make sure that you aren’t experiencing any discomfort before you leave the office. If you need oral surgery to remove your wisdom teeth, let our experienced dental team take care of you.