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What can San Francisco area patients do about impacted wisdom teeth?

When it comes to wisdom teeth removal, it has become a routine procedure for young adults. These third molars are found at the back of the mouth, and there are typically anywhere from four to eight – with one or two in each corner of the mouth. The wisdom teeth are known for erupting in the late teens or early twenties, but sometimes, these teeth become impacted. This means they are unable to erupt through the gum line, which often occurs because there is not enough space for them to come through. In most cases, an impacted wisdom tooth is facing the front of the mouth where it becomes stuck. This type of impaction is known as mesial.

Impacted wisdom teeth can result in pain, swelling, and gum tissue tenderness. This is when patients visit the team of the Center for Implant Dentistry. Drs. Sambhav Jain, Arpana Gupta, and Shivani Gupta are here to assist patients with the removal of impacted wisdom teeth.

The process starts with a series of x-rays to check on the tooth underneath the gum line. This can help the dentist determine the best method of removal. Since impacted teeth are below the gum tissue, it will require oral surgery. The dentist will have to access the tooth through a small opening in the gum tissue, and then remove it. This is sometimes done by breaking up the tooth and removing small portions at a time, depending on how the impacted tooth is positioned and how far down it is. Patients who undergo oral surgery such as this can be made more comfortable with the use of oral conscious sedation or even general anesthetics.

If you live in or around the area of San Francisco and are dealing with an impacted wisdom tooth, it is important to seek diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible to avoid further complications. Contact Drs. Sambhav Jain, Arpana Gupta, and Shivani Gupta at the Center for Implant Dentistry today to schedule your initial evaluation and consult with our team regarding the best methods of removal to eliminate the pain and discomfort associated with impacted wisdom teeth.

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