We all know someone who’s had their wisdom teeth removed. It’s one of the most common oral surgeries and can be managed now with a minimal time commitment and little discomfort. Whether preventative or prescribed, identifying potential wisdom teeth problems is an area of expertise for Dr. Nguyen of West Portal Family Dentistry in San Francisco, CA. She will guide you through the process, ensuring you understand all the steps and ensure that your surgery is as painless and easy as possible. While “surgery” may sound scary, the process is very routine, and patients often manage recovery independently.
Wisdom teeth (third molars) are the last teeth to grow in and typically appear between ages 17 and 25.Their removal is most common because those final teeth don’t have enough room to grow naturally alongside your other teeth. This can result in “impacted wisdom teeth,” meaning those third molars are growing in at an odd angle or cannot appear through the gums. When this happens, it can result in trapped food, pain, infection, decay, or damage to the surrounding teeth. Dr. Nguyen uses X-rays to easily identify whether wisdom teeth will need to be removed and can help prevent problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth before they begin.
The removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most common oral surgeries available. If Dr. Nguyen determines a problem with a set of wisdom teeth, she’ll work closely with you to de-mystify the process and set you up for success.
The extraction typically takes a few hours, and patients can go home the same day. Depending on the complexity of the extraction, your oral surgeon will use one of three anesthetic approaches:
Once the anesthesia has been administered, a small incision is made in the gums to expose the impacted teeth. Those teeth are then removed (along with their roots), and the area is cleaned. Gauze is then placed to account for any bleeding, and once the patient has recovered from the anesthesia, they are ready to head home.
Typically, patients monitor their own recovery. Your dentist or surgeon will go over the best practices for keeping the area clean and free of infection. In most cases, any soreness after surgery can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
To schedule an examination or consultation today, get in touch with the West Portal Family Dentistry team by calling (415) 604-9292 .
A graduate from UC San Francisco with a Doctor of Dental Science degree, Dr. Terri Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice. She is known for her caring and passionate nature towards her patients whilst having a wealth of knowledge and technical skill.
Dr. Nguyen continues to update herself with newer and tested treatment methods and technology to ensure that she is capable of delivering the best possible service to her clients. Her areas of specialty include root canal therapy, implant dentistry and cosmetic treatment. She is also a prestigious member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Laura Huynh dedicates herself to providing the highest level of dental care to patients of all ages. While she has over 15 years of experience in all areas of general practice, she especially enjoys pediatric dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for adults.
A UC Irvine graduate, Dr. Huynh obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Arthur Dugoni Dental School at University of Pacific. She stays on top of the latest trends and technologies in dentistry by following continuing education courses annually. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Francisco Dental Society.