Wisdom Teeth Extraction
After all permanent teeth emerge into your smile, the wisdom teeth, also referred to as the third molars, start to erupt on each side of the upper and lower jaws in a patient’s late teens or early twenties. For the majority of dental patients, wisdom teeth must be removed to avoid crowding, misalignment, decay, or periodontal disease.
At Willow Glen Family Dentists, Dr. John Vu has the extensive training to safely perform wisdom teeth extractions in San Jose. If you are a candidate for this beneficial oral surgery, contact us today for an appointment.
Your Emerging Third Molars
Wisdom teeth start to grow in behind the second molars at the back of the smile. If all four teeth fully erupt without complication, extraction may not be necessary. However, these teeth often grow in sideways, crooked, or become impacted beneath the gum line. For other patients, their jaw may not be large enough to provide proper space for the third molars to fit. Patients often experience discomfort when this starts happening, and further complications develop if they’re not extracted in a timely manner.
Dr. Vu recommends removing wisdom teeth as a preventive measure if any of these issues are discovered. Wisdom teeth that do not cause immediate problems or discomfort may still be removed to prevent future infections, alignment issues, or tooth damage. After conducting a thorough exam with digital x-rays, our team will provide you with a recommended treatment path, including intricate details about each step of the procedure.
What Can I Expect from the Procedure?
Once we verify that extraction is your best course of action, we try to complete the process in one procedure. Regardless of the severity of the impaction, Dr. Vu uses a precise and careful approach to minimize treatment time. We work with a local specialist to provide sedation for the procedure so you can remain relaxed throughout treatment.
It’s typical to experience swelling and discomfort after surgery, but these symptoms often subside after icing the area and taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. We make sure to explain the healing process, highlighting the importance of keeping the wisdom teeth sockets clean and dry.
Schedule an Appointment in San Jose Today!
Dr. Vu understands how nerve-wracking oral surgery can be. Our team takes a gentle and informative approach when performing wisdom tooth extractions in West San Jose or the nearby community of Willow Glen. Call our office today to set up an appointment.