Wisdom Teeth Removal

Joseph S Kim, DDS -  - General Dentist

Joseph S Kim, DDS

General Dentist & Family Dentist located in Seabright, Santa Cruz, CA & Mission District, San Francisco, CA

Your wisdom teeth, or third molars, come in after all of your other teeth. As a result, they’re also more likely to become impacted. If you’re concerned about the placement or health of your wisdom teeth, you may want to consider wisdom teeth removal. Joseph S. Kim, DDS, with offices within Santa Cruz, Mission District in San Francisco, and Fremont, California, regularly performs wisdom tooth extractions using safe and effective means. To request your appointment, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Q & A

Why would I need wisdom teeth removal?

Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure designed to remove one or multiple wisdom teeth. Your wisdom teeth come in after all of your other teeth, usually when you’re between the ages of 17-21. Although this is perfectly normal, wisdom teeth can become impacted by your other teeth. 

If one or more of your wisdom teeth become impacted, you’re more likely to experience oral health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and your teeth may shift out of position. Wisdom teeth removal provides a safe and effective way to prevent these and other oral health problems. 

Will I know it if I need wisdom teeth removal?

No two mouths are exactly alike, but there are certain signs to look out for. You might benefit from wisdom teeth removal if you experience:

  • Pain
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Complications with orthodontic treatment
  • Tooth crowding
  • Damage to a tooth or surrounding bone
  • Developing cysts

You might also benefit from wisdom teeth removal if a cyst develops around one or more of your wisdom teeth. 

What happens during wisdom teeth extraction?

Dr. Kim performs wisdom teeth extractions in-office. He has years of experience performing wisdom teeth extraction and also participated in an oral surgery externship during his residency.

First, Dr. Kim administers a local anesthetic, numbing your tooth roots and gums. Next, he carefully makes an incision in your gum tissue to expose your tooth and bone. Dr. Kim removes the bone that’s blocking access to the tooth and then divides your wisdom tooth into sections. After dividing your tooth, Dr. Kim uses a pair of forceps to carefully remove each piece. He cleans the socket of your tooth and stitches it up. Last, but not least, Dr. Kim places a piece of gauze in your surgical site to prevent bleeding. 

What is recovery like following wisdom teeth removal?

Following wisdom teeth removal, it’s perfectly normal to experience some bleeding, pain, swelling, and general discomfort. Dr. Kim writes you a prescription for antibiotics and painkillers and provides you with a list of recovery instructions. Gum healing usually takes two weeks to get the normal shape of the gum. Then, the bone will fill up the empty socket within 3 months. Oral hygiene is very important during the healing period. Make sure to follow Dr. Kim’s instructions and take your medication as prescribed. You should feel back to normal within a week of your initial operation. 

If you’re concerned about the health or placement of your wisdom teeth, make an appointment with Joseph S. Kim, DDS––call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool to request your consultation today.