Same-Day Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Temecula & Beyond
By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function.
- The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces.
- The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.
The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”
Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems:
- When they have partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness.
- The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth.
- The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth.
Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure. Dr. Tsvetov can perform both regular and same-day wisdom tooth extraction in Temecula and Riverside County. Schedule a consultation and the doctor will examine your teeth and discuss your options.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Tsvetov can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Tsvetov has the training, license, and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.
Removal of wisdom teeth
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed.
Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home.
Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our office.
Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.
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Is wisdom teeth pain an emergency?
Wisdom teeth pain is indeed an emergency. It can be caused by inflammation of the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth, a condition called pericoronitis. Another reason for wisdom tooth pain is because the tooth is decayed, or possibly abscessed. All of these reasons are an indication for the wisdom tooth to be removed so that the source of pain/infection can be taken care of.
In this situation, you may have to undergo an emergency dental procedure. Here at Temecula Facial Oral Surgery, Dr. Tsvetov can perform same-day wisdom tooth extraction if deemed necessary.
When is an emergency wisdom tooth extraction necessary?
Emergency or same-day wisdom tooth extraction is necessary in cases of pericoronitis (see above), severe wisdom tooth decay, or abscess. In these cases, waiting longer to avoid the extraction can lead to a severe worsening of the pain and swelling. If left unchecked, the abscess/infection can spread to the deeper tissues of the face and neck, causing severe problems that may require hospitalization.
Therefore, if you need a same-day wisdom tooth extraction in Temecula or the area, feel free to contact us. Dr. Tsvetov is an experienced emergency oral surgeon who will carefully examine your teeth, evaluate their condition, and determine whether they should be removed on that same day, discussing the required steps in postoperative care for wisdom teeth removal. For more information or to schedule a consultation, feel free to contact our office.