Wisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure that many patients undergo everyday. Wisdom teeth usually come in, or erupt, for people in their late teens or early twenties. However, the time of wisdom tooth eruption can vary from person to person. Some people may have their wisdom teeth erupt later in life, which can be worse for your dental health. Although they are named wisdom teeth, these molars can actually cause a lot of problems. Because of this, patients may seek to have the surgery due to a number of reasons. Wisdom teeth removal could be a solution for tooth decay, gum disease, or intense tooth pain. Our oral surgeons at SF Oral Surgery routinely remove wisdom teeth for patients who are having these issues.
It’s important to understand how wisdom teeth removal works for anyone who is considering it. When you receive the surgery, the teeth in the very back of your mouth will be removed. Technically, these teeth are called your third molars but are more commonly referred to as “wisdom teeth.” They are usually the last permanent teeth that erupt, which is why they are problematic. Because they erupt after all of your other permanent teeth have fully formed, they can cause various dental issues for you, such as over-crowding, pain in your mouth, cavities, gum disease, and much more.
Most people receive wisdom teeth removal surgery once they have shown some of these symptoms. Below are a couple of indicators that you may be in need of oral surgery to remove your wisdom teeth. At SF Oral Surgery in San Francisco, we can help inform you of these tell-tale signs:
- Tooth pain
- Oral infection
- Tooth decay or gum disease
- Jaw stiffness
If you are currently having any of these issues, you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed soon. However, sometimes it’s best to remove your wisdom teeth before you experience these uncomfortable symptoms. Wisdom tooth extraction in San Francisco can help treat existing problems happening right now, and can also be beneficial to prevent future oral health problems from occurring.
You may be asking yourself why you should have your wisdom teeth removed if you aren’t experiencing any current symptoms. However, being proactive with your oral health is always a good idea. Wisdom teeth can lead to serious problems if untreated, and you could be doing yourself a favor by having the surgery early instead of waiting for uncomfortable symptoms to arrive. Here are a couple of complications that could be prevented with wisdom teeth removal:
- A tumor or cyst forming on your teeth which can result in bone loss
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Crowding of teeth due to impaction
- Infection spreading through the mouth
By having wisdom teeth removal early, you can help prevent any of these future dental problems. Once the wisdom teeth extraction surgery is performed, patients can find relief from these dental issues, and be restored to better oral health. If you are considering having wisdom teeth removal in San Francisco, it’s best to schedule a consultation to help answer any other questions you may have about the procedure.
Call our San Francisco office today at (415) 776-6710 to learn more.