So if having your third molars extracted is the smart thing to do, then why are they called wisdom teeth? Good question! The reference became common in the 17th century. Wisdom teeth, or “teeth of wisdom” as they were once called, usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Thus, researchers believe they’re called wisdom teeth because they mark the transition from childhood to adulthood. And how that science has proven that the human brain is not fully developed until the age of 25 or 26, calling them wisdom teeth may be entirely appropriate. But no matter what they’re called, wisdom tooth extraction in Pasadena is an important and healthful rite of passage for patients at Sierra Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.
Reasons for Extraction
Wisdom teeth are like souvenirs from our prehistoric ancestors. They needed these large teeth in order to eat a diet of tough meats and raw vegetation. Now, however, these teeth aren’t necessary because our diets have changed. For most people, wisdom teeth are an oversized nuisance and their mouths aren’t large enough to accommodate them.
Other common reasons for wisdom tooth extraction in Pasadena include:
- Impaction, meaning the teeth are trapped in gum or bone tissue
- Incorrect positioning that may cause these teeth to exert pressure on adjacent teeth
- Greater risk of gum disease and tooth decay, because these large teeth at the back of the mouth are more difficult to keep clean
Removing Wisdom Teeth
Our dentists have the training and experience to make extracting your wisdom teeth a common procedure. However, we understand that you do not commonly have oral surgery. That’s why we offer two forms of sedation dentistry, nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. One or both can help you relax during your surgery.
Once you’re comfortable, the extraction process can begin. In most cases, the procedure takes about an hour. When the surgery is finished, sutures are placed over the incisions in your gums. Gauze pads are typically needed to stanch the bleeding that will naturally occur at the surgery sites. You’ll have plenty of time to rest before you leave the office of your Pasadena dentist. We recommend having a friend or family member present to drive you home.
The Recovery Process
You’ll need to rest for the first day or two after having your wisdom teeth extracted. Some discomfort and swelling are to be expected; your Pasadena dentist will offer instructions on how to manage these during your recovery.
Eat a soft diet and drink plenty of fluids, but don’t use a straw. A couple days after surgery you can once again brush your teeth, but avoid the surgery sites. Rinse with lukewarm water and let the water run out of your mouth. Finally, if you’re a smoker, don’t—smoking inhibits healing.
Contact Our Office Today
Time to have your wisdom teeth extracted? Then call Sierra Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment.