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    Answers to FAQs about Wisdom Tooth Removal [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 10 hours ago

    While approximately 35% of the population never gets wisdom teeth, it’s likely that you will grow your third set of molars between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth can be an asset to your mouth if they are healthy, come in straight, and have enough room to erupt, but they frequently need to be removed. An impacted wisdom tooth can cause infection and damage to neighboring teeth that may remain hidden below the gum line. That’s why your oral surgeon will take x-rays to evaluate the positioning of your wisdom teeth. In this infographic from the Center For Oral & Facial Surgery in San Diego, you’ll find answers to common questions about getting wisdom teeth removed, including what happens during the procedure and how best to recover. Please share this with your friends and family!

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    Determining Whether You Should Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

    Last updated 3 days ago

    The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to appear in the adult mouth, typically in the late teens or early twenties. While healthy wisdom teeth are a positive addition to your mouth, in some cases your wisdom teeth may put you at risk for dental problems. Your dentist can perform a brief evaluation of your jaws and wisdom teeth to determine whether tooth extraction is the right procedure for you.


    Although your body creates a total of 32 teeth, your jaw may be too small to accommodate all of them. Because the wisdom teeth erupt much later than your other teeth, they may cause movement and crowding that result in cosmetic issues or an increased risk of cavities and gum disease. Your dentist can examine the size of your jaws during a routine checkup to determine whether your wisdom teeth will have room to completely erupt without causing crowding of your other teeth.


    In some cases, your wisdom teeth may not be correctly oriented in your jaws. This condition is called tooth impaction. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, they could cause damage to your back molars as they erupt. Damage to tooth roots or the enamel of your molars can result in pain, infection, and an increased risk of dental problems. A dental X-ray will show the orientation of your wisdom teeth inside the jaw to alert your dentist to the need for removal if they are not positioned properly.


    If your dentist is concerned about your wisdom teeth, the best time to have them removed is now. Wisdom tooth extraction is easier before the teeth have fully formed or have begun to erupt. Having your wisdom teeth removed at an earlier age will generally result in a shorter, simpler procedure and a faster healing time.

    The oral surgeons at the Center For Oral & Facial Surgery can help you evaluate your wisdom teeth and determine whether they should be extracted for better dental health. You can reach us by calling (619) 312-4417 or clicking on our web contact form.

    Center for Oral & Facial Surgery Featured in "AAOMS Today"

    Last updated 8 days ago

    We are honored to report that our practice was recently featured on the “Names in the News” page in the March/April issue of ”AAOMS Today”.

    “AAOMS Today” is a national publication which is printed six times a year by The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and seen by thousands of Oral Surgeons throughout the US.  

    About AAOMS

    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), is a professional organization representing more than 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States. AAOMS supports its members' ability to practice their specialty through education, research, and advocacy. AAOMS members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and submit to periodic office examinations, ensuring the public that all office procedures and personnel meet stringent national standards.

    What To Expect from Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Your dentist may recommend a wisdom tooth extraction for many reasons. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine procedure that can prevent many future dental health problems.

    Sometimes during a tooth extraction procedure, your oral surgeon is able to use local anesthetic. You will be numb, but may feel pressure during the extraction as your surgeon works to remove the tooth. Oftentimes, IV sedation is administered and you will feel as though you had a short nap and be completely unaware of the procedure. Check out this short video for to learn more about what to expect during a wisdom tooth extraction procedure in San Diego.

    The Center For Oral & Facial Surgery offers early evaluation and extraction of wisdom teeth at our two locations in San Diego and El Cajon. Call us today at (619) 312-4417 to schedule your dental evaluation and learn more about tooth extraction, dental implants, and jaw surgery. You may also click through our website to read more about common dental procedures. 

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