Wisdom Teeth

Suffering from the pain of impacted wisdom teeth? At New Vision Dentistry, we can help with gentle extractions and comprehensive wisdom teeth care plans.

Wisdom teeth usually emerge anytime between the ages of 13-25. These molars at the back of the mouth are the last of the adult teeth and emerge from both the top and bottom of the jaw. For some, wisdom teeth pose no problem to their overall dental health. Their wisdom teeth emerge with no complications, and they are able to live with them remaining in their mouth. For many, however, wisdom teeth can cause serious pain and pose a threat to the surrounding teeth and jaw. For most of us, our jaws are only designed with enough space for 28 teeth, the number of adult teeth you have as you approach adolescence. When the four wisdom teeth emerge, there isn’t enough space for them to fully grow, so they begin to erupt in the back of the mouth at odd angles and pushing against the back molars. Experts theorize that wisdom teeth are left over from the biology of early humans who required the extra molars to help break down a diet of tougher foods than we consume now. Although they may have been essential in the distant past, wisdom teeth don’t have a function in the mouths of modern humans, so dentists recommend their extraction, especially if they cause pain or disruption.

Wisdom teeth have a gradual rate of growth and may begin to cause problems before they break the surface of the gum line and become visible. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to closely monitor the growth of adult teeth so dentists can detect wisdom teeth growth that will become an issue in the future. The following symptoms may be indications that your wisdom teeth are becoming impacted:

  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Abscess
  • Infection
  • Toothache
  • Swelling at the back of the mouth
  • Pain at the site of wisdom tooth eruption

Dentist checking patient's wisdom teeth

Wisdom tooth extraction is a careful process that requires skill and expertise to minimize pain, damage, and disruption to the natural gum line and jaw. At New Vision Dentistry in Citrus Heights, CA, we specialize in gentle wisdom tooth extraction to ensure the safety and comfort of every patient. We have a selection of pain management methods to choose from to ensure you have access to the best option for you. Our team will work closely with you to devise a plan for your wisdom teeth extraction and repair any damage caused by your wisdom teeth eruption.

At New Vision Dentistry, we understand that the recovery process is just as important as your wisdom teeth extraction, so our office provides five-star recovery support with clear instructions on how to care for your mouth post extraction. Our knowledgeable care team is available for questions or concerns about your recovery, and follow-up care to ensure you are healing correctly. If you’re experiencing symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, contact our office as soon as possible for a consultation and exam with Dr. Azouz or Dr. Behl to avoid any additional damage or complications.