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Wisdom teeth removal
in Sunnyvale & San Jose, CA

Wisdom teeth removal is often recommended to avoid costly and uncomfortable oral health problems that can arise when these molars remain untreated.

Why wisdom teeth cause problems

By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth: 16 on the top and 16 on the bottom. Each tooth has a specific name and function. However, the average mouth can hold only 28 teeth, and it can be painful when 32 teeth try to squeeze in. These four other teeth are your wisdom teeth, also called third molars. Wisdom teeth try to emerge through the gums, which can cause expensive and painful problems such as impaction, infection, dental crowding, pain, and cysts can occur. When oral surgeons remove these molars early, oral health complications associated with wisdom teeth can be avoided. Additionally, early removal is recommended because younger patients typically have more comfortable procedures and faster recoveries because their wisdom teeth have not yet fully developed in the jaw and are easier to extract.

Questions about wisdom teeth removal? Visit our Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ page.

Impacted wisdom teeth

If a tooth is trapped beneath the gums, it is considered to be impacted. Impacted teeth are difficult to clean around and may cause infection, pain, or cysts.

The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth can push other teeth out of the way and disrupt the natural alignment of the teeth. If you notice swelling or discomfort in the area behind the back molars, or if you have an unpleasant taste or smell in the mouth, contact us to schedule a consultation so that we can determine the right course of treatment.

  • If you notice any of these symptoms, you may have impacted wisdom teeth that require extraction:
  • Swelling, pain, pressure, or sensitivity in the back of your mouth
  • Discomfort when opening or closing your mouth
  • Ongoing bad breath
  • An unpleasant taste

Our Beech & Reid Oral & Dental Implant Surgery team will take great care of you and your child when it comes to extracting wisdom teeth. Our oral surgeons are highly qualified and have many years of experience performing comfortable and precise wisdom teeth extraction procedures for patients of all ages.

Wisdom teeth removal process

When wisdom teeth extraction is needed, our doctors and team of professionals perform this procedure in the comfort and safety of our practice. Wisdom teeth extractions are typically performed using IV anesthesia. All oral surgeons receive training in the safe administration of in-office anesthesia. In every case, we ensure our patients are comfortable and relaxed before the procedure begins and use state-of-the-art techniques to make sure you have a smooth recovery with minimal discomfort.

The extraction typically takes 30 to 60 minutes. A parent or responsible adult should be present in the office during your procedure, drive you home to recover, and stay with you for the rest of the day.

The following is the typical routine of wisdom teeth removal at our practice:

  • The consultation. Your oral surgeon will discuss your wisdom teeth removal treatment plan with you. With oral examinations and X-rays of the mouth, they can evaluate the positions of the wisdom teeth and form a personalized treatment plan. Patients are generally first evaluated in the early to mid-teenage years by their dentist or orthodontist, or an oral surgeon.
  • The day of surgery. Your tooth extraction procedure will be easier and quicker if your tooth is visible above the gum line. For this, your doctor loosens the tooth before simply removing it with forceps. If you have impacted teeth, you will likely receive an IV for your anesthesia so that you will be completely comfortable. Your surgeon will make incisions in your gum tissue and remove a small amount of bone, if needed, to extract the impacted teeth. Then, the surgical site will be stitched closed.
  • The recovery period. You can expect to be drowsy for most of the day, and you may require pain medication, although over-the-counter medications may be sufficient. Your post-operative instructions will guide you with tips on how to lessen swelling and other ways to stay comfortable, as well as how to care for your surgical sites. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our office.

Wisdom teeth removal cost in Sunnyvale & San Jose, CA

Wisdom teeth procedures vary in cost depending on your insurance coverage, the number of wisdom teeth in question, the choice of anesthesia, and other factors. Our office is conveniently in-network with MetLife PPO, Cigna PPO, and Delta Dental PPO.

Come see us at Beech & Reid Oral & Dental Implant Surgery for a consultation with Dr. Beech or Dr. Reid so that they can evaluate your condition in detail and create a personalized surgical plan.

The value of wisdom teeth removal

Tumors or cysts can form around wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jaw bone and healthy teeth. Your health is a top priority at Beech & Reid Oral & Dental Implant Surgery, and our personalized care and treatment plans will ensure that you are well taken care of to avoid damage to your oral and overall health.

Stem cell banking with Stemodontics®

You can benefit from your wisdom teeth even after they are removed. When you bank the stem cells housed in those teeth, you gain peace of mind since these cells may be used to restore damaged cells at a time when you need it the most. Take control of your future with Stemodontics, and make an appointment with your oral surgeon to discuss stem cell banking.

Wisdom teeth FAQ

Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

If wisdom teeth align properly, there is enough room in the mouth, and gum tissue is healthy, they do not have to be removed. However, this is rarely the case. Wisdom teeth should be removed when they cannot properly emerge. They may grow in any direction or become impacted, which can result in swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness, not to mention the pressure from the erupting teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the natural alignment of the teeth.

What are the symptoms of wisdom teeth?

Some symptoms include pain in the jaw, tenderness, swelling around the gums, discharge if an abscess or infection is present, or you may be able to see it poking through the gum behind your second molar. In some cases, people don’t have any visible or noticeable symptoms of wisdom teeth pain.

What’s the difference in wisdom teeth removal versus other teeth?

Wisdom teeth don’t grow like other teeth. If they become impacted, they have a more angled position that will need to be sectioned into pieces before extracting. If the tooth hasn’t erupted yet, it will require an incision in the tissue to access the tooth. Additionally, the anatomy of a wisdom tooth’s root can be shaped in a variety of ways, grow separately, or fuse together. Irregularly shaped roots can be difficult because of its relativity to the nerve.

How much will it cost?

Every patient is different and many factors are taken into consideration, such as insurance and the extent of the surgery. The best way to calculate your cost for wisdom teeth removal is to contact our office and schedule a consultation with our helpful and welcoming staff.

Will it hurt?

There are a variety of different anesthetic options that could be used during your procedure to maximize your comfort and ensure you experience as little pain as possible. We want you to feel comfortable and at ease during your time with us. Dr. Beech and Dr. Reid will discuss your choices for anesthesia, whether it be local anesthesia or IV sedation, and talk you through the process of your personalized treatment plan. Generally, our patients experience minimal pain and discomfort both during and after their procedure.

How long will it take to recover?

The recovery period is typically between 3 and 5 days; however, this may vary depending on the extent of your procedure. Following our detailed post-operative instructions closely will guarantee a short and healthy recovery time.