Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom Teeth Removal
In Oxnard, CA

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Oral Examination

Experiencing pain or discomfort in wisdom teeth is a common dental problem. An impacted wisdom tooth may cause infection, redness, and swelling, which can constrain oral functionality. By performing an oral examination, we can check the position of the teeth and evaluate the potential problems.

Detecting problems relating to wisdom teeth can prevent complexity, and dental procedures can deliver better results. Oral examination for wisdom teeth is generally recommended at the age of 12-15.

In cases where extraction is required, surgery is performed by licensed, trained professionals. All extraction procedures require local anesthesia to minimize pain and discomfort.

Why Is Extraction required?

If there is not enough space in your jaw to allow complete eruption, wisdom tooth or third molars can cause various dental problems. It is recommended to remove the third molar before fully developing the root structure. Wisdom teeth may appear between the age of twelve and early twenties.

Over time, impacted wisdom teeth can cause various problems, including:

Infection

Pericoronitis or gum infection is the most common sign of impacted wisdom teeth. When there is not enough room for the third molars to erupt, the surrounding gum tissues can become inflamed and infected. Infection of the gums can cause swelling, bleeding, and pain.

Cyst Formation

Cyst formation is also associated with an impacted wisdom tooth. Fluid-filled cysts in the jaw bone cause pain and damage the jaw bone. It is difficult to treat and prevent cysts from progressing if not detected early. Although uncommon, cancer or tumors are also associated with impacted wisdom teeth.

Possible Crowding

If you have a small jaw, your wisdom teeth may cause crowding and overlapping teeth. Crowding is most noticeable on the lower front teeth, and the person may require braces to fix this problem. Your Kane and Kerper oral surgeon may even recommend a tooth extraction to prevent damage from occurring to your jawbone, gums, and teeth.

Disrupt Adjacent Gums and Teeth

Insufficient room for wisdom teeth can cause the adjacent teeth and gums to swell. Infection, gum disease, and tooth decay are common when impacted wisdom teeth. So, extraction becomes necessary to prevent damage to other molars.

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What If You Don’t Want to Undergo a Tooth Extraction?

It is generally recommended to extract wisdom teeth before the root structure is fully formed. This is done to avoid complications. For example, the jawbone under fully formed wisdom teeth becomes denser as we age, so delaying extraction can increase the risk of complications and diseases. The post-operative healing period is also delayed, resulting in problems with chewing and speaking.

Wisdom tooth treatment at a young age allows fast recovery and fewer complications. In the later thirties or forties, the healing process takes time, increasing the risk of infections. If you have not had your wisdom teeth removed in your early years, don’t get an extraction unless a problem occurs.

How Does It Work?

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Wisdom tooth extraction is a simple surgical procedure that requires local anesthesia or sedation. We will provide you with options for various sedation methods during your consultation visit. All surgical procedures are performed under locally administered anesthesia.

At Kane and Kerper Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Oxnard, we are trained to work with different types of local anesthesia and ensure that all surgical equipment is sterilized before and after treatment. We follow all safety and hygiene protocols and provide you with the required medication on the day of treatment to minimize swelling and discomfort after extraction.

Our office facility and surgical team are regularly inspected by the Board of Dental Examiners, ensuring that all protocols are followed. The extraction process takes between 30 to 60 minutes. However, the treatment may take up to 90 minutes from preparation to completion.

Kane and Kerper dentists in Oxnard use advanced technology that allows rapid healing and reduces post-operative discomfort after removing wisdom teeth. Our facility follows all infection control and sterilization techniques to maximize the procedure’s success.

Care Instructions

Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost

It is important that you don’t eat or drink anything six hours before the surgery. Eating or drinking heavy meals before surgery may cause anesthetic complications, such as vomiting and nausea. If you do not follow these guidelines, the treatment will be rescheduled to another date.

Before surgery, we ensure that the patient is comfortable and at ease. If you suffer from dental anxiety or phobia, we will provide you with various options to keep you calm and relaxed during the procedure.

We will also provide an IV if you choose to be sedated during the surgery. At Kane and Kerper Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Oxnard, our sedation methods are fast and painless. After the procedure, we apply local anesthesia to your tooth to keep post-operative healing a painless process for you.

Sleepiness and drowsiness are common after surgical extraction. So, you will have to bring someone with you to the clinic. They will drive you home.

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Insurance Coverage and Cost of Wisdom Tooth Removal

The treatment cost depends on various factors, including the intensity of treatment and the type of sedation or anesthesia used. We will take X-rays to evaluate the condition of your wisdom teeth and determine which anesthesia will work best for you.

All insurance companies are different when it comes to policies about surgical procedures. Our staff will look into your insurance coverage and guide you about the cost of the treatment.

If you have any questions before or after your consultation, feel free to get in touch with Kane and Kerper dentists in Oxnard for more details.