Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Simi Valley, CA

Adults develop 32 teeth. The last four of these teeth to erupt are located at the very back of the jaw. Known as the wisdom teeth, or third molars, these teeth erupt in the late teens the too early 20s. The wisdom teeth are also the teeth that are most likely to cause oral health issues. At Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at Simi Valley we can help to alleviate the issues caused by your wisdom teeth, restoring your oral health and overall comfort, with wisdom tooth extractions.

Issues Caused by Wisdom Teeth

For some individuals, the wisdom teeth erupt just like the rest of the adult teeth. They cause no issues within the mouth and do not affect their oral or overall health. For most people, however, the wisdom teeth cause serious pain and other issues. The most common issue faced by wisdom teeth is impaction. Impacted teeth are those that do not properly erupt through the gum tissue. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause some different issues:
•  Overcrowding. Many years ago, the wisdom teeth played an important role. Before the invention of cooking, our ancestors relied on the wisdom teeth to grind coarse, rough foods. The jaw was larger to accommodate those third molars. After the development of cooking, the human jaw began to shrink. The wisdom teeth were no longer necessary, but they continue to develop. For many people, there simply is not sufficient room for the wisdom teeth. If they attempt to erupt, they can push the rest of your teeth out of natural alignment.
•  Cysts. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that are developmental in nature and can form as a result of impaction. When they go untreated, cysts continue to grow, damaging the jawbone.
•  Tooth damage. If your wisdom teeth are growing sideways, they can grow into the adjacent teeth. Eventually, this can put pressure on those teeth, causing serious damage, such as cracks or fractures below the gumline.
•  Pericoronitis. In some cases, the wisdom teeth only partially erupt through the gums. This creates an area that is difficult to keep clean. Bacteria can continue to grow in these areas, causing a localized infection known as pericoronitis.

Diagnosing Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Pain in the back of the jaw can point to impacted wisdom teeth and should be checked out as soon as possible. A thorough oral exam helps to diagnose impacted wisdom teeth, or any other oral health issue. We visually inspect your mouth, checking for signs of infections. We also take x-rays, which allow us to see the wisdom teeth, and the condition of the jawbone, below the gumline. If we determine your wisdom teeth are impacted, we will then create a treatment plan for you.

Extracting Wisdom Teeth

There are two different types of tooth extractions, simple extractions, and surgical extractions. A simple extraction is a straightforward process that involves moving the affected tooth back and forth, widening the socket to lift the tooth free.

Wisdom teeth often need to be removed surgically, which is a more complex procedure. We begin with a local anesthetic, and sedation if necessary. Incisions are made in the gums, exposing the wisdom teeth and the surrounding jawbone. How we go about removing the tooth depends upon your specific circumstances. If bone blocks the tooth, we will need to remove that bone to access the tooth. In some cases, the tooth may need to be broken and removed in pieces to fully extract it. Once the tooth is removed, the area is cleaned and the site is sutured closed.

If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain and discomfort, extractions may be necessary. Call Westlake Oral Surgery at (805) 328-2180 to schedule your consultation today.
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