Wisdom teeth removal in Sunnyvale, CA

Wisdom teeth removal is often recommended to avoid costly and uncomfortable oral health problems that can arise when these molars remain untreated. We offer wisdom teeth extractions in Sunnyvale, San Jose, and Milpitas, California, at all of our state-of-the-art office locations.

Avoid wisdom teeth problems in Sunnyvale

By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth, including an average of four wisdom teeth. However, the mouth can hold only 28 teeth, and it can be painful when these third molars try to squeeze in.

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 fully developed and are easier to extract.

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

Symptoms of 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

Dr. Beech and Dr. Reid are both board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS), which holds them to the highest standards of patient care. When you visit Beech & Reid Oral & Dental Implant Surgery for the removal of your or your child’s wisdom teeth, you are in excellent hands.

The process of extracting wisdom teeth in Sunnyvale

Wisdom teeth extractions are typically performed using general anesthesia, which will allow you to sleep comfortably during your procedure. 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. When you undergo general anesthesia, a responsible adult must be present in the office during and after your procedure to drive you home. A typical procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes.

The following is a general 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 3D scans of the mouth, we can evaluate the positions of the wisdom teeth and form a personalized treatment plan. We will discuss your options for anesthesia and answer any questions that you may have during this appointment.
  • The day of surgery. If the tooth is visible above the gum line, your doctor will loosen the tooth before simply removing it with forceps. If you have impacted teeth, 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.

EXPAREL® for opioid-free pain management

Our practice is dedicated to combating the opioid epidemic in America by offering EXPAREL, a long-lasting, non-narcotic pain relief option. EXPAREL is administered to the surgical site by your doctor during surgery and begins working before the anesthesia wears off. It lasts for several days post-surgery to reduce discomfort and manage pain. By using EXPAREL, you can reduce or completely eliminate the need for prescription pain medication following surgery. Read more about EXPAREL on our anesthesia options page or by visiting EXPAREL’s official website.

The cost of removing wisdom teeth in Sunnyvale

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.

We will outline the cost of your procedure during your consultation, as well as answer any questions that you have regarding the procedure, insurance details, payment plans, and more. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment in Sunnyvale, CA, with our board-certified oral surgeons.

Remove wisdom teeth, improve your oral health

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.

By removing your wisdom teeth, you can:

  • Avoid costly procedures in the future
  • Properly clean your teeth
  • Avoid cysts, tumors, overcrowding, and infection
  • Protect your other teeth

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. Visit our stem cell page to learn more or go to the Stemodontics website to enroll today.

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 coming in?

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. Together, we can calculate your cost for wisdom teeth removal during a consultation appointment.

Does removing wisdom teeth change your face?

It’s not uncommon to notice a slight change in your facial definition after having your wisdom teeth extracted. If your wisdom teeth are small and not fully developed, it will likely not have any effect on your appearance. Changes to your face will usually be minimal, if any.

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. Many patients undergo general anesthesia during this procedure, allowing them to sleep comfortably and wake up when it is over. 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 ensure a smooth, speedy recovery.

Other questions?

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