Wisdom Teeth Removal in Placerville
True Oral, Facial & Dental Implant Surgery has three offices conveniently located in California. We regularly perform safe and comfortable wisdom tooth extractions in El Dorado Hills, Placerville, and Irvine, CA, where you can expect outstanding treatment from a team of highly skilled oral surgery professionals.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop. Some people develop all four, more than four, or none at all. Attending regular checkups with your general dentist is important because they take routine X-rays of your teeth and track the development of these third molars.
When wisdom teeth make an appearance, your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon to have them removed. Oral surgeons undergo additional years of training and education beyond dental school to specialize in oral surgery procedures, like wisdom teeth extraction or placing dental implants.
What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
It’s very rare that a wisdom tooth will develop without causing problems. It’s common for a wisdom tooth to become trapped beneath the gums, or impacted. Canine teeth can become impacted too, but they are guided into the dental arch with an expose and bone procedure because they are needed for biting. Wisdom teeth, however, are unnecessary for proper oral function and should be removed.
Impacted wisdom teeth pose a risk to nearby teeth and can cause them to shift out of position. The roots of a wisdom tooth are large and unpredictable. They can grow at an angle toward the roots of other teeth or nerves in the mouth. It’s difficult to clean around an impacted wisdom tooth, leaving you prone to infections or the formation of cysts and tumors.
True Oral, Facial & Dental Implant Surgery is equipped with advanced 3D imaging technology that shows us the size and location of wisdom teeth and their proximity to nearby roots or nerves.
Signs of Wisdom Teeth
You may need to have your wisdom teeth removed if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Pain or swelling in the back of the mouth
- A constant, unpleasant taste
- Ongoing bad breath, possibly indicating infection
- If you can see the top of a wisdom tooth poking through the gum
- Difficulty fully opening the mouth
Stem cells can be collected from the pulp of your wisdom teeth and stored in a state-of-the-art laboratory.
The Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
Dr. Straw will outline everything you need to know about your procedure during your first visit. We will also discuss your anesthesia options. Many patients undergo IV sedation to have wisdom teeth removed, but we also offer general anesthesia.
Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your surgeon will remove the wisdom teeth using forceps. Impacted teeth may need to be broken into small pieces and may require a small incision. Your surgeon will place any necessary sutures, and you will rest in our recovery area until the anesthesia wears off. You must have an adult with you to drive you home and remain with you for 24 hours.
We will provide you with instructions to follow that outline diet recommendations and how to keep the surgical area clean. You can often manage pain with over-the-counter medications and ice packs.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Placerville, CA
Dr. Straw regularly performs wisdom teeth extractions at our offices in El Dorado Hills and Placerville, CA. If you think it’s time for you or your child to have wisdom teeth evaluated or removed, we invite you to contact us for an appointment.
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Reviews From Our Wisdom Teeth Patients
Renee Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure
"Hi, my name is Renee, and I'm from Orange County, and I came to True Oral Surgery for my two children to get their wisdom teeth removed. My overall experience here at True Oral Surgery was absolutely amazing. One of my children suffers from anxiety so coming here she felt so comfortable, the staff made her feel welcome, the staff held her hand through all of the procedure from beginning to end. It was truly an amazing experience. Dr. Straw was so professional, and he has this quirky personality that makes any kid feel at ease. The procedures went absolutely amazing. They followed up the next day with us to make sure my kids were doing well. If you live in Placerville or Canyon Park, I highly recommend True Oral Surgery. "
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to get your wisdom teeth removed?
The cost is determined by how many wisdom teeth you need to have removed, your dental insurance, and the anesthesia used. We go over all of these details during the consultation and provide a cost estimate.
What is the average healing time for wisdom teeth extraction?
Many patients return to their normal routines a few days after surgery. It may take up to 2 weeks for the surgical site to fully heal. You can expect to feel sleepy for the remainder of the day following surgery and should rest until the next day.
Is wisdom teeth extraction painful?
We try to ensure your procedure is as comfortable as possible. IV sedation is commonly used for wisdom teeth removal because it puts the patient into a relaxed, semi-conscious state. Some refer to this sedation method as twilight sleep or twilight dentistry. You do not feel pain in this state and will wake up when the procedure is over.
Simple extractions where the tooth is visible above the gum line can be done using only local anesthesia, which reduces your recovery time. Post-operative pain can be managed using over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs. We may prescribe pain medication, depending on your condition.
Will my teeth move back after my wisdom teeth are removed?
Wisdom teeth can push nearby molars out of their proper alignment. Once they’re removed, these molars may shift back into their proper position. This should not be of any concern, and your dentist will take X-rays during routine visits to make sure your teeth are in their proper places.
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