Wisdom Teeth Extractions in San Jose
Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the last to appear in a smile but their impact on oral health is far from a low priority. When a wisdom tooth erupts partially or improperly, the consequences range from crowding issues to soft tissue infection.
Dr. Tom Clark performs wisdom tooth extraction in South San Jose, drawing on his more than 30 years of experience along with the latest in diagnostic and sedation techniques to ensure his patients feel the benefits of a healthy smile. Contact Sedation Dentistry of San Jose today to discover how we treat impacted third molars for our local community as well as nearby Alamitos, Edenvale, and Evergreen.
Why Have a Wisdom Tooth Removed?
Wisdom teeth typically come in between the ages of 18 to 24. In rare cases, these teeth will emerge without complications and in rarer circumstances, not at all. More commonly, there is not enough space in the jaw to accommodate these late additions to the smile. This can cause chronic discomfort and pain for a patient, in addition to the following problems:
Infection – There is an increased risk for the gums and teeth surrounding an impacted wisdom tooth to become infected as it is difficult to keep this area clean through routine at-home care.
Damage to Second Molars – Once erupted, a wisdom tooth can lean against the adjacent molar, gradually wearing away the structure of each until neither are functional.
Orthodontic Issues – Even if a wisdom tooth erupts with no other consequences, it can cause crowding and changes in bite alignment.
As this procedure changes the smile permanently, Dr. Clark would suggest this only after establishing a healthy foundation. He recommends that extraction be a planned procedure so that you have adequate time to heal.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction at Sedation Dentistry of San Jose
Dr. Clark and his team understand that the more you know about your care, the more confident you can feel going forward. Before any procedure takes place, our San Jose dentist will sit down with you to go over the steps involved with extraction, answer all questions, and discuss sedation options.
While some patients elect to have their tooth removed using only local anesthesia, we offer oral sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help patients overcome their apprehensions. Dr. Clark can also coordinate treatment with a specialist who provides general anesthesia, as needed. No matter the form of sedation used, we stay acutely aware of our patients’ comfort throughout the procedure.
Following extraction, our dentist provides post-operative instructions, including what you can do to avoid complications such as dry socket.
Guiding South San Jose to Lasting Oral Health - Call Us Today!
Whether you have a third molar that has erupted improperly already or is at risk for problems in the future, Dr. Tom Clark provides care that resolves these issues efficiently and with your wellbeing at the forefront.
For more information about impacted wisdom teeth and how we perform extraction in San Jose, Alamitos, Edenvale, Evergreen, and throughout the surrounding area, contact our office to schedule a consultation today.