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Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ

Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ

What if my wisdom teeth are impacted?

Impaction is a common occurrence for wisdom teeth and happens when a tooth is unable to erupt into its proper position. Complications from impaction can include infection, pain, and dental shifting. You may have an impacted wisdom tooth if you notice

  • Pain, pressure, or swelling near the back of the jaw
  • Pain when opening the mouth
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth or persistent bad breath

Please call Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants if your wisdom teeth are impacted or if you are experiencing any signs of impaction. Dr. Boynton will conduct a thorough oral examination and design a treatment plan based on his findings.

Can I prevent my wisdom teeth from becoming impacted?

While impacted teeth cannot be prevented, the oral health complications that can occur from impaction can be prevented or significantly reduced. When you visit your dentist for regular checkups, they will monitor the growth and development of your wisdom teeth and can refer to an oral surgeon before you experience any issues associated with impaction.

How do I know if I need my wisdom teeth extracted?

To maintain good oral health, it is recommended to see your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and an oral exam. This is important for your oral and overall health, but especially in children, whose teeth, jaws, and bone structure are growing and developing all the time. When the time is right, your dentist will refer to an oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal.

We recommend that you schedule a dental examination as soon as possible if you or your child are experiencing any issues between regular checkups.

Is wisdom teeth extraction painful?

Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants goes above and beyond for their patients to ensure their experience with us is a comfortable one. Most wisdom teeth extraction procedures use a combination of intravenous (IV) sedation and local anesthesia, although other anesthesia options may be offered. Many patients are able to manage their post-operative pain from wisdom teeth extraction with over-the-counter medications, but prescription pain medication may also be prescribed.

Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants offers an opioid-free alternative to pain management. Please visit our page on Pain Control After Surgery to learn more or give our office a call.

Are wisdom teeth always extracted?

Most people will need their wisdom teeth extracted because their mouths do not have the extra space to accommodate four more molars. In addition, wisdom teeth can cause oral health issues when left untreated. See your dentist regularly to ensure that your wisdom teeth are monitored closely. When necessary, they will recommend the appropriate time for removal.

Why do oral surgeons extract wisdom teeth? Why not have my dentist perform this surgery?

Oral surgeons are specialists at what they do. They have completed years of training and education beyond dental school in order to perform the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures, including wisdom teeth removal. They are also specially qualified to administer anesthesia, allowing patients to remain safe and comfortable.

Please visit our Oral Surgery page to learn why oral surgeons are the most qualified specialists to diagnose and treat the complex structures of the oral and maxillofacial region.

What is the recovery like after wisdom teeth removal?

After your wisdom teeth removal procedure, you should feel well enough to resume normal activities within two to four days. To aid in your recovery and minimize the chance of complications, we will provide you with pre- and post-operative instructions to follow. Your personal recovery time will depend on a few factors, such as how many teeth were removed, the type of anesthetic used, the difficulty of extraction, and current health condition.

We want you to have a smooth recovery and experience the best possible result from your oral surgery procedure. If you have any questions about your recovery, please contact Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants.

Other questions?

Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants is committed to providing you with the best care to achieve your best outcome. If you have any questions before or after your wisdom teeth removal procedure, or would like more information, please contact our Sonoma or Napa, CA practice.

Thank you for choosing Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants. We look forward to caring for you.