Sunshine Dental, Inc
Phillip Chien, DDS
Dentist located in Temecula, CA
Your wisdom teeth, or third molars, are located at the very back of your mouth. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth are often difficult to clean and can also become impacted. At Sunshine Dental, Inc, Phillip Chien, DDS, and the team have years of experience performing wisdom teeth extractions. If your wisdom teeth are causing you problems, call the Temecula, California, office today or use the online booking tool to make an appointment.
Wisdom Teeth Q & A
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are your last teeth to come in and usually break through your gum line when you’re between the ages of 17-21. Unlike your other teeth, wisdom teeth aren’t necessary; some people have all four, others have two, and some have none at all.
How do I know if my wisdom teeth are impacted?
If you’re concerned about the placement or status of your wisdom teeth, schedule an appointment with the team at Sunshine Dental, Inc.
In addition to performing a thorough oral exam, they can monitor the position and progress of your wisdom teeth via diagnostic imaging techniques such as X-ray.
If your dentist determines that your wisdom teeth are at risk of becoming impacted, they may recommend preventive actions such as an extraction to lower your risk of infection or other complications.
Why would I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth don’t always cause problems, but they are more likely than other teeth to become impacted.
If your wisdom teeth fail to erupt either due to a lack of space or an unusual angle, your dentist may recommend an extraction. Other reasons you may need to have your wisdom teeth extracted include:
- Damage to your surrounding teeth
- Damage to your jaw
- Sinus pain or pressure
Wisdom teeth can also cause alignment issues, leading to gaps, spaces, or overcrowding.
What is wisdom tooth extraction like?
If the team at Sunshine Dental, Inc determines that you’re a right candidate for wisdom tooth extraction, they’ll schedule a consultation.
During your initial appointment, they’ll discuss your medical history, ask about any prescription medications you’re taking, and answer your questions.
On the day of your operation, your dentist numbs your mouth with a shot of novocaine or another local anesthetic.
Once the sedative takes effect, they carefully cut through your gums and surrounding tissue, until they locate your wisdom teeth. Next, they use a tool to extract them and close the wound with stitches.
The entire process usually takes less than 45 minutes, and you’ll be able to return home afterward. That said, you’ll want to have a friend or family member available to drive you home.
What is recovery like following wisdom tooth removal?
Following your wisdom teeth extraction, it’s common to experience swelling, tenderness, and soreness. To assist in your recovery, your dentist prescribes pain medication and gives you a list of recovery tips to follow carefully.
Be patient, drink plenty of fluids, and only eat soft, mushy foods. You should feel 100% within 3-4 days of your operation.
If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or discomfort, call the team at Sunshine Dental, Inc or use online booking to make an appointment today.