Wisdom Teeth Removal

Many people feel apprehensive when they hear dental professionals talk about wisdom teeth. Many people assume that getting wisdom teeth removed is a long, painful ordeal that requires a long recovery. However, modern equipment and methods make wisdom teeth removal easier than ever and reduces wisdom tooth pain. If you or your teenager requires wisdom teeth removal, consider setting up an appointment at the Center for Oral & Facial Surgery. Our El Cajon & San Diego oral surgery practice has been in operation for over 85 years, and we pride ourselves on staying abreast of the latest advancements in wisdom teeth removal.

Wisdom Teeth Basics

Wisdom teeth are molars that exist in the back of the mouth. Though some people are born without wisdom teeth, most people have them erupt in their late teens or early 20s.

  • Development and Detection: Wisdom teeth develop beneath the gums until they're ready to erupt. Most people have four wisdom teeth—two in each jaw. A dentist or oral surgeon can detect incoming wisdom teeth in an x-ray.
  • Evolutionary Function: You might ask, "Why would the human body make something that needs to be removed?" The leading theory is that wisdom teeth are left over from a time when human ancestors had larger jaws and more teeth for chewing foliage.
  • Eruption and Removal: Wisdom teeth may need to be removed if they are misaligned or if they only partially erupt. Misalignment can cause impaction, while a partial eruption can encourage harmful bacteria to accumulate in the area.

Wisdom Teeth Facts and Statistics

  • 90% of people have one impacted wisdom tooth or more.
  • Roughly five million Americans undergo wisdom teeth removal every year.
  • About 12% of wisdom teeth will likely cause infections if not removed.
  • Oral surgeons may use local anesthesia or general anesthesia for wisdom teeth removal.
  • Most people who need to get their wisdom teeth removed do so between the ages of 17 and 25.
  • Wisdom teeth are so named because they appear much later than the other permanent teeth, when an individual is "wiser."

If your dentist determines that you or your teenager needs wisdom teeth removal surgery, call the Center for Oral & Facial Surgery at (619) 299-3320 to set up an appointment. We use the safest and most sophisticated methods available to ensure that our patients' wisdom teeth are completely removed. If you need oral surgery of any kind, trust our team of El Cajon & San Diego oral surgery professionals.

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