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Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Los Gatos, CA

Remove Problematic Teeth Safely and Comfortably

Dr. Diercks does everything to help you retain your natural teeth to the fullest, which is why he considers tooth removal to be a last resort. With that said, wisdom teeth often pose many long-term oral health concerns that usually require them to be removed. If he recommends treatment to remove your wisdom teeth, he’ll break down exactly why he recommends it, what you can expect from your treatment, and how to ensure a speedy and successful recovery after wisdom tooth extractions in Los Gatos, CA.

Woman holding up wisdom tooth after extraction

Why Choose Los Gatos Dental Group for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

  • Two Highly Experienced Dentists
  • Dental Sedation Available
  • Friendly & Welcoming Dental Team

When are Wisdom Tooth Extractions Needed?

Metal clasp holding an extracted wisdom tooth

Wisdom teeth have long become relics of evolutionary history, making them obsolete in modern times. While they may have been useful in the past to replace missing teeth for our ancestors, the mouth is much smaller today than it was thousands of years ago. This means that most people cannot accommodate wisdom teeth once they appear. Even a single wisdom tooth can lead to long-term consequences to oral health, including an increased risk of decay, infections, and jaw misalignment.

Additionally, if you start to notice pain or sensitivity in the back of your mouth, swelling or redness on your gums, stiffness in your jaw, or small cysts forming on your gums near your back tooth, call our dental office right away so we can perform a more detailed exam and confirm the best treatment for you.

The Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure

X-ray of impacted wisdom tooth before extraction procedure

Wisdom teeth extractions are relatively straightforward and are performed by Dr. Dierks. You’ll be given a local anesthetic to ensure you do not feel anything during the removal process. Much like a standard tooth extraction, if the tooth is easily visible and has erupted above the gum line, he will gently rock the tooth back and forth in order to remove it from the socket. Then, he’ll firmly grasp it with a pair of dental forceps and gently remove it from the jaw. You’ll be asked to bite down onto a gauze pad so the socket can begin healing.

Alternatively, if the wisdom tooth is trapped underneath the gums or another tooth, a small incision is created inside of the gums so Dr. Dierks can access it. Depending on the orientation of the tooth, he may need to break it into smaller pieces, then remove them individually. This is a normal part of extracting wisdom teeth and is often done in cases where the tooth has become impacted.

Aftercare Tips for Wisdom Tooth Removal

Three wisdom teeth after removal

Like with any oral surgery, it is very important that you take time to rest immediately after your wisdom tooth is removed. If you had stronger sedation provided to prepare for your surgery, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home. In terms of aftercare, we recommend:

  • Avoiding the use of straws for at least 48 hours
  • Sticking to a soft diet for the next several days
  • Avoiding hot, carbonated, and alcoholic drinks which can irritate the wound
  • Avoiding tobacco products or forceful spitting
  • Using a dedicated mouthwash to keep your treatment area clean as it heals