Most people have their wisdom teeth removed, primarily to prevent future infection and misalignment or crowding of the rest of your teeth. Santa Rosa dentist Dr. Michael Rice, along with most dental surgeons who remove wisdom teeth, recommends you have your wisdom teeth removed in your late teenage years if possible. Most young adults feel anxiety around wisdom teeth removal, including many patients at Santa Rosa Dental. Our Santa Rosa dentist and compassionate staff understand. Dr. Michael Rice takes the time to make you comfortable and explain everything patiently. With the expert training and professional service at Santa Rosa Dental, your anticipation of wisdom teeth removal may be more troubling than the surgery itself.
The Problem with Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth don’t make you wiser, and more is not better in dentistry. Wisdom teeth tend to be very problematic. Wisdom teeth seldom emerge fully from the bone like all of your other teeth. You then cannot brush or floss the part of the wisdom tooth that remains buried below the gums and inside the bone, leading to a high likelihood of future infection, abscesses, and the formation of cysts. Your Santa Rosa dentist also can’t clean a partially or fully submerged tooth. If this wisdom tooth becomes infected in the future, it must be taken out surgically and the infected area carefully cleaned. Knowing the likelihood of needing to remove wisdom teeth in the future, Santa Rosa dentist Dr. Michael Rice may recommend you remove any partially submerged (or impacted) wisdom teeth now before larger problems occur.
Santa Rosa dentist Dr. Michael Rice also recommends wisdom teeth removal if your wisdom teeth are tilted or angled sideways. This common tilt problem causes the wisdom teeth to push the rest of your teeth out of their correct position. The result is crowding, rotated teeth, and an uncomfortable bite that could lead to long-term jaw or TMJ problems. Santa Rosa dentist Dr. Michael Rice has the necessary training and experience to evaluate your wisdom teeth and determine if they are problematic and merit extraction. At Santa Rosa Dental, we know that earlier oral surgery usually leads to fewer complications and a faster healing process. To avoid future complications from wisdom teeth, don’t wait until you feel pain or symptoms. Call Santa Rosa dentist Dr. Michael Rice today for a wisdom teeth evaluation 707-578-7701.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions Procedure Santa Rosa
Wisdom tooth extractions are routinely performed by Santa Rosa dentist Dr. Michael Rice. First, you are gently and carefully anesthetized, to prevent you from feeling any pain during the wisdom tooth extraction. Next, your Santa Rosa dentist makes an incision in the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom tooth, and any impeding bone is removed. Your Santa Rosa dentist then surgically removes the actual wisdom tooth, cleans any infection that may be present, and closes the area. After your wisdom tooth extraction, you may experience swelling for a few days. Cold compresses will address this, and Santa Rosa dentist Dr. Michael Rice may prescribe pain or anti-inflammatory medication.
If you need your wisdom teeth removed and have severe dental anxiety, please ask our trained Santa Rosa Dental staff about our sedation dentistry options. Santa Rosa dentist Dr. Michael Rice is well trained and very compassionate, and everyone at Santa Rosa Dental will do their best to make you comfortable before and after your wisdom teeth removal.