If your wisdom teeth are growing in perfectly straight and aren’t causing you any problems, there’s a good chance you don’t need them removed. However, there are many reasons why your wisdom teeth may need to be removed.
Most people don’t have enough space in their jaw, so when their wisdom teeth start to erupt, their jaw is already overcrowded and the teeth become impacted in the gums. They may come in at an angle, and press against surrounding teeth which can lead to damage, become repeatedly infected, or just generally cause severe pain.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should have them removed. We can sometimes take x-rays of where your wisdom teeth are sitting in your jaw and determine if they are likely to cause problems in the future even if they’re not right now.
If your teeth aren’t impacted, your Mission Valley dentist can remove them with a basic extraction. After numbing your mouth, we’ll simply loosen the tooth with a dental elevator which severs the ligaments holding it in the socket. After the tooth is completely loose, we’ll use forceps to remove it. You can expect to heal within 3 to 4 weeks.
When wisdom teeth are impacted in the gums, we’ll need to make surgical incisions into your gums to gain access to the teeth. You’ll be under local anesthetic and likely additional sedation, so you won’t feel any pain.
We may need to cut additional bone tissue to make it easier to remove the tooth. After cutting into the gums, we will loosen and remove the teeth in the same way as a basic extraction. However, we usually section wisdom teeth into smaller fragments to make them easier to remove. Surgical extractions take a little longer than a month to heal from.
This is also referred to as full mouth reconstruction. If you have a range of dental problems, you likely require multiple different restorative procedures to restore the health and structure of your teeth and gums.
Full mouth rehabilitation enables us to take a comprehensive approach to restore teeth and gums. Rather than getting a bunch of separate restorative treatments, we can formulate a custom-tailored treatment plan that will address all of the dental issues you have and help you replace missing teeth, repair damage, regenerate bone and soft tissue, or fix misaligned teeth.
If you have extensive tooth decay, dental trauma, gums that have been ravaged by gum disease, or orthodontic issues, we can address all of these issues together. The cost and length of treatment will vary greatly depending on the extent and severity of your dental issues and which restorative procedures are necessary to treat them. We can give you a more accurate estimate during a consultation.
Have a missing tooth? A dental implant is the best way to replace it! Not only does it fill in gaps in your smile, and restore your ability to chew and speak, but it even prevents bone loss! When you lose a tooth, you suffer from bone loss, which is irreversible.
Over time, this will cause changes in your bite and facial structure. This can cause you to lose support to your facial features, leading to premature aging and sagging of the mouth. Dental implants prevent bone loss at the start by replacing the tooth root with an implant.
This results in regenerating cells in the jawbone when you chew and stimulate the jawbone. The procedure involves implanting a titanium post into the jawbone. Osseointegration (the process of the jawbone fusing with the implant) takes place over 3 to 6 months.
After this, we will reopen your gums to attach the abutment. About 6 weeks later, a dental crown will be attached to complete the restoration. The implant firmly holds the restoration in place so you don’t experience shifting teeth. You can eat a restriction-free diet and implants can last for 25 years to life!