Wisdom Tooth Dentist in Anaheim Hills, CA
Dr. Mehru Bhatia, DDS at MySmile Dental Care has over 25 years of experience in dental care and can help you with wisdom teeth, whether they are coming in properly or are causing problems. Call us for more information or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 5568 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd, Anaheim, CA 92807.
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Wisdom teeth can come into your mouth without any problems for some people. For other people, problems can be a part of wisdom teeth coming in. When this happens, it is common to have them removed.
A dentist or oral surgeon will start taking x-rays of your wisdom teeth when you are around 15 years old. These can show whether wisdom teeth are forming and how they are progressing. X-rays are not the only way of determining that the wisdom teeth are coming through the gums. You may start to notice some unpleasant symptoms.
Here are some common indications that wisdom teeth are ready to emerge:
• Bleeding or tender gums
• Swelling of the gums in the back of the mouth
• Difficulty opening your mouth wide
• Jaw pain
• Bad breath
• Bad taste in your mouth
The pain you feel in your mouth will likely be mild but you can get an occasional sharp pain. You may find it uncomfortable to chew at the back of your mouth where the wisdom teeth are coming through.
Wisdom tooth pain can be quite intense. You will most often feel it in the back of your mouth or in your jaw. Some people will have throbbing pain or pressure in the back of the mouth. You may find that your gums are cut or swollen which indicates that the wisdom teeth are trying to break through the gums.
Pain from wisdom teeth erupting can include intense pain that radiates out to your head, eyes, and ears. This happens when the wisdom teeth are infected, or abscessed. This kind of pain can also be an indication of tooth decay.
Infrequently, wisdom tooth pain can give you earaches or headaches. If the teeth are having problems emerging pressure can build up around the tissues of the teeth. This leads to a great deal of pain.
There are people who never get wisdom teeth and others who have no trouble with them as they emerge or after they have fully come in. But, others can have problems with wisdom teeth. Some people will encounter impaction. This is when the wisdom teeth come in at an angle or push against the existing molars.
Impacted wisdom teeth can be very painful and cause infections. It can make brushing your teeth difficult. Bacteria and food can get stuck between the wisdom teeth and the molars in front of them which will lead to tooth decay and infections.
Wisdom teeth can crowd the existing teeth and lean sideways, rubbing against the cheek. This will cause ulcers on the cheek and create chewing problems.
Your dentist may suggest that you have your wisdom teeth removed if there is not enough room for them in your mouth as this will prevent future problems. They will suggest having them removed if you are experiencing infection, pain, or damage to existing teeth.
While you may not have problems when the teeth first emerge, problems can arise later.
Insurance usually covers the cost of wisdom teeth removal. However, for those who don’t have insurance, the out-of-pocket cost nationally is anywhere between $75 to $250. Impacted wisdom teeth will cost more.
Dentists remove wisdom teeth with a surgical procedure. This will require an anesthetic, often a vernal anesthetic is needed.
The dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum to expose the tooth and bone. The bone is removed to give access to the root of the tooth. The tooth is then divided into sections if it is easier to remove the tooth that way. Then the tooth is removed.
After the tooth is removed the area is cleared of any debris from the bone or tooth. The wound is stitched closed to make healing easier. Gauze is placed over the area where the tooth or teeth have been removed to control bleeding and to help in clotting.
If you have any additional questions about wisdom tooth services at MySmile Dental Care, our team would be more than happy to answer any of your inquiries. Give us a call during our business hours or request a consultation to speak with one of our amazing specialists. We hope to see you visit MySmile Dental Care soon! We serve patients from Anaheim CA, Yorba Linda CA, Tustin CA, Villa Park CA, Irvine CA, Corona CA, Orange CA, and Santa Ana CA