Surgical Removal Of Wisdom Teeth

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Wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, often become impacted causing pain and discomfort. In severe cases, infection can set in along with issues with your TMJ. If you don’t have enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to successfully emerge, schedule a surgical removal of your wisdom teeth consultation with Novato Oral Surgery located in Novato, California, today. You can schedule your appointment either online or over the phone. 

Do I need my wisdom teeth removed?

There are several reasons why you might choose to have your wisdom teeth surgically removed. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your jaw, there is a possibility they have become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth occur when there is not enough room in your jaw for them and putting you at risk of:

  • Infection
  • TMJ issues
  • Clicking in the jaw
  • Cysts
  • Abscesses 

If you are feeling pain in your jaw due to your wisdom teeth, waiting won’t make it go away. In fact, waiting too long puts you at greater risk of them becoming impacted and infected. 

What happens during wisdom teeth removal surgery?

Most times you will be sedated or under general anesthesia prior to your wisdom teeth removal surgery to keep you as comfortable as possible. First, your Novato Oral Surgery provider cuts away a portion of your gums to reveal the bone beneath. 

Next, your surgeon cuts into the bone to reveal your wisdom teeth impacted inside. Often, your wisdom teeth will be broken into portions to make it easier to extract from the jawbone. Once the teeth are removed the area is thoroughly cleaned to remove any debris.

Finally, the surgical sites are stitched up to promote healing and limit chances of infection. 

What is recovery like after wisdom teeth removal surgery?

You might feel a little groggy as soon as you wake from sedation or general anesthesia. Your Novato Oral Surgery provider will have you bite down on gauze to slow down and stop any bleeding. Once bleeding has stopped make sure you don’t do a lot of spitting or use a straw to drink. This can cause the clots to become dislodged, causing a painful condition known as a “dry socket.”

For the first day or so your surgeon might prescribe some medication to help with any pain or swelling. After a few days, pain can easily be managed with over-the-counter medication. 

If you are experiencing pain in your jaw caused by your wisdom teeth, talk with expert surgeons at Novato Oral Surgery today. Call to make an appointment or you can always book an appointment online using the easy to use scheduler.

If you are experiencing pain in your jaw caused by your wisdom teeth, talk with expert surgeons at Novato Oral Surgery today. Call to make an appointment or you can always book an appointment online using the easy to use scheduler.

Our doctors who provide this service

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Susan Snyder, DDS

Susan Snyder, DDS, MD, is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializing in jaw alignment, wisdom teeth removal, facial reconstruction, oral pathology, and more. She takes the necessary time to make sure all her patients feel comfortable taking the time to explain each procedure and viable treatment options.

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Mahr Elder, DDS

Mahr Elder, DDS, MD, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with expertise in TMJ disorders, jaw trauma, dental implants, and much more. He belongs to the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and values volunteer work both abroad and right here in Marin County where he provides free orthodontic care through the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation.