Wisdom teeth are four permanent adult teeth that are located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom.

Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Some people do not have wisdom teeth, while others have wisdom teeth that come in normally and do not cause problems.

However, for most people, wisdom teeth don’t have room to grow, may have crowd other teeth, come in at an odd angle or only partially come in. Your jaw may not be large enough for your wisdom teeth.

Your wisdom teeth may come in partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum to grow over them. Germs can get trapped under that flap and cause your gums to become infected.

An impacted wisdom tooth may also cause damage to a nearby tooth and interfere with braces that are supposed to straighten other teeth. This is why many dentists recommend having your wisdom teeth removed before they cause future problems.

A dentist usually performs the removal of wisdom teeth. However, if your wisdom tooth is deeply impacted, then your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon.

Wisdom tooth removal is almost always performed as an outpatient procedure, so you can go home the same day. Your dentist will probably recommend that you don't eat or drink after midnight on the night before the procedure.

When you have your wisdom tooth removed, you will be given one (or more) of three types of anesthesia, depending on how difficult (or easy) the removal will be.

A dentist or oral surgeon may use a local painkiller near the area of the wisdom tooth (or teeth) removal. Additionally, your dentist or oral surgeon may give you sedation anesthesia to relax you.

In situations that require actual surgery to removal the wisdom teeth, you will be given general anesthesia, which you inhale through your nose. General anesthesia makes you go to sleep and you don't feel any pain during the procedure.

During the procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon will remove the wisdom tooth, close any gum flaps, clean the site of the removed tooth and close up the area where the wisdom tooth used to be with stitches. Those stitches may dissolve after a few days or have to be removed at a later date.

As you heal from your wisdom tooth removal, try to apply an ice pack to the side of your mouth, off and on, for the first 24 hours, drink lots of water (but never through a straw) and eat very soft foods such as yogurt, pudding, or applesauce.

Your dentist or oral surgeon will also give you some type of painkiller (pill) or prescriptions to take home.

Wisdom tooth removal is one of the most common dental procedures, but you may still be worried or have concerns about it. Please call 949-760-0363 to make an appointment with a dentist who can answer all of your wisdom tooth questions.

At Image Dental we do offer sedation for implants per patient’s request.