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Ask Walnut Creek, CA dentist about wisdom teeth removal

The wisdom teeth, known medically as the third molars, are the last teeth to erupt in the smile—and the most problematic. In many instances, a Walnut Creek, CA area dentist will often suggest removal of these teeth when necessary. These teeth may become impacted or increase one’s risk of cavities or periodontal disease. They can become painful when impacted, and this is when emergency wisdom tooth removal may be performed by Dr. Mark Wong.

Why might a wisdom tooth be removed?

Removal of the wisdom teeth is often needed in many situations. A wisdom tooth might be removed if:

  • The patient has a decayed wisdom tooth.
  • A wisdom tooth has become impacted.
  • Patients experience severe pain due to impaction.
  • The wisdom teeth pose a risk of developing periodontal disease.
  • A patient has had orthodontic work done and does not want to risk shifting of the teeth and bite.
  • It has become infected, to eliminate the need for root canal therapy.

During an evaluation with Dr. Mark Wong, patients will learn more about their wisdom teeth and discuss with their dentist the possibility of removal.

What type of removal options are available?

There are two types of extraction that may be performed for patients who need their wisdom teeth removed, including simple and surgical. If the wisdom tooth is accessible above the gumline, the dentist can use a special tool to wedge the tooth out of the jawbone. This is called a simple extraction and is done with proper sedation and local anesthetics. Alternatively, if a wisdom tooth is underneath the gumline and resides in the bone of the jaw, surgical extraction is needed. This removes the tooth from underneath the gums and requires stitches and extended recovery time.

Are you in need of wisdom tooth removal?

Impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are common for teenagers and young adults and can be resolved with the help of a dentist who offers wisdom tooth removal. Call the office of Dr. Mark Wong at (925) 678-5600 to request an appointment at 3075 Citrus Circle, Suite #204. The practice accepts both new and established patients and families in the community of Walnut Creek, California.