If you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, talk with Dr. Andres F. Herrera, an oral surgeon for wisdom teeth. Dr. Herrera may recommend wisdom teeth removal if your teeth are impacted or if the third molars have become infected. Tooth extractions are typically performed under local or general anesthesia, and we do everything possible to ensure that our patients are comfortable throughout the procedure.
How the Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure is Performed
If the tooth has fully erupted, the wisdom tooth extraction
is very much like a standard tooth extraction procedure. If it is impacted or has not erupted through the gums, the surgery may be a little more complicated.
Prior to your surgery, Dr. Herrera will explain how the procedure works and what to expect before, during, and after the tooth extraction. You can receive answers to any questions that you might have about wisdom teeth removal and the recovery process at this time.
On the day of the procedure, we will numb the area with local anesthetic. In some cases, we may recommend general anesthesia which will prevent any pain or discomfort during the extraction process.
To perform this procedure, Dr. Herrera will open the gum tissue over the tooth and remove any bone covering the tooth. Next, he will extract the entire tooth in one step or cut it into smaller pieces so that it is easier to remove. After the tooth is removed, he may use dissolvable stitches in the treated area and place a gauze pad over the site to stop bleeding. You will be given post procedure instructions to prevent dry socket and other complications associated with the tooth extraction procedure.
If you are seeking an oral surgeon for wisdom teeth for Salinas and Watsonville, CA, set up your consultation with Dr. Herrera today! He can explain how the wisdom tooth extraction procedure is performed and what to expect after your procedure.