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Wisdom Teeth Removal


To prevent the risk of infection or crowding, dentists often remove problematic wisdom teeth before they come into the mouth. They hope this will prevent unnecessary disease, decay, sinus damage, cysts tumors, and damage to neighboring teeth. At Avalon Dental Clinic we take extra care to make sure wisdom tooth extraction is the right procedure for you. There are several factors that can contribute to the complexity of this treatment, and we don’t recommend it unless necessary.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

These third and last molars are the late bloomers in your mouth, not usually coming in until the late teens or early twenties. Historically these teeth came in late to replace other teeth that went missing due to harsher diets, accidents and a lack of dental care . Today people retain more of their natural teeth. As such, there is simply no room for these third molars to grow in. And, as you read, this can result in any number of problems.

What Signs Does the Dentist Watch For?

Because wisdom teeth often come with any number of challenges, there are things Dr. Calise will watch for long before extraction time comes. These include:

  • How many impacted wisdom teeth you have
  • Positions and depths of wisdom teeth
  • Wisdom tooth shape and size
  • Condition of your bone and soft tissue
  • Where wisdom teeth are in relation to the sinus cavity
  • Existing infections, decay, or diseases
  • Red flags in your dental or medical history that might make wisdom tooth retention dangerous

Classifications for Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Because of the unpredictability, wisdom teeth can erupt, or not erupt, in several ways. So dentists developed classifications to describe them. These types of impactions include:

  • Soft tissue
  • Hard tissue
  • Mesio-angular
  • Disto-angular
  • Horizontal
  • Vertical
  • Buccal obliquity
  • Lingual obliquity

Procedure for Wisdom Teeth Removal

The type and complexity of impaction will determine the procedure for removal. For example, mesially impacted teeth are easier for a dentist to remove when compared to distally impacted, which are some of the hardest. In general, there are two main types of removal. These are:

Simple Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Some wisdom tooth removals are no different from any other tooth. If your third molars have penetrated through the gums and are small or moderate in size, the procedure might be surprisingly quick and easy. The dentist would likely apply a local anesthetic. Then, once you are comfortable, he would use lifter forceps to clamp down on the crown and gently wiggle it back and forth to loosen it until it comes free. Simple as that.

Surgical Extraction

If a tooth has not yet broken through the gums the dentist will need to make an incision and remove any bone that might hinder the process. First, the dentist applies a local anesthetic. Then open the gum for extraction. If the tooth is difficult to remove, the dentist will section it into smaller pieces and remove them one by one.

Get Wisdom Teeth Extraction from Dr. Calise

Worried about wisdom teeth or wisdom teeth removal? Do not hesitate to call our office in Avalon, CA at 310-510-0322. We will answer all your questions and address all your concerns—anything we can do to help put you at ease.