Murphy Dental Group
Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in San Jose, CA
It’s important to make sure your teeth are in their proper position and taken care of because if not, you may experience complications in the future. Experienced dentist, Harjit Khehra, DDS, at Murphy Dental Group in San Jose, California, can help you take care of your teeth with oral surgery, like wisdom teeth extraction. For questions about oral surgery or to find out if you’re a candidate, call the office today or schedule your appointment online.
Oral Surgery Q & A
Why would a tooth need to be extracted?
Dr. Khehra and her staff do everything possible to avoid extracting a tooth, however, sometimes a tooth is decayed or broken beyond repair, so it can’t be saved. Additionally, extreme wear-and-tear or dental disease can create the need for extraction in order to prevent further discomfort or damage to your jawbone and other teeth.
If Dr. Khehra must extract a tooth, she provides local anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars, which tend to appear during the ages of 17-21. Because most people don’t have enough room in their mouth to accommodate them, they can cause a multitude of problems, such as:
- Jaw tenderness and pain
- Infections or gum disease
- Damage to surrounding teeth or the jawbone
- Cavities from accumulated food
To avoid these potential complications, it’s important to visit Murphy Dental Group at least twice a year for checkups. Dr. Khehra and her staff can take X-rays of your mouth to see if your wisdom teeth should be removed.
What should I expect throughout my wisdom teeth extraction?
Dr. Khehra begins by providing local anesthesia with one or more injections near the site of each extraction. Depending on if your wisdom teeth are exposed or impacted, she either makes a small incision in your gum tissue to completely expose your tooth and bone or gently wiggles your tooth until it can come out of your gums.
What should I expect after the wisdom teeth extraction?
The procedure to remove all four of your wisdom teeth lasts roughly two hours. After surgery, you may experience pain, swelling, or bleeding. These symptoms should subside within the first few days following your procedure.
After surgery, Dr. Khehra recommends you stay away from hot liquids and strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours as you heal. Additionally, don’t drink through a straw for the first few days because the sucking motion can slow down the blood clotting process and loosen your sutures.
If you’re in need of oral surgery, call Murphy Dental Group today or schedule your appointment online to learn more.