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Wisdom teeth

The term ‘wisdom teeth’ or ‘third molars’ is common, but not everyone is well-informed about their characteristics, eruption timing, or the possible complications they may bring to our oral health, influencing both our teeth and adjacent tissues.

The perception of wisdom teeth removal being connected to pain is widespread, but it’s important to note that not everyone encounters discomfort, and complications are not uniform. The following information will provide answers to these queries.

1. What are wisdom tooth removal?

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Wisdom tooth removal, also referred to as third molars, constitute the last four molars found on each side of the jaws, positioned behind the second molars.

Named ‘wisdom teeth’ because of the age at which they erupt, individuals at this stage usually exhibit a more advanced and complete level of wisdom than when the rest of the permanent dentition appears

Typically, these teeth emerge in humans between the ages of 18 and 25, but they may never surface. Alternatively, they can appear earlier or later in life, with only a subset of them erupting.

The presence of wisdom teeth can be linked to our ancestors, whose well-developed jaws were adapted for consuming food requiring extended chewing. This adaptation provided sufficient space for the appearance of wisdom teeth.

With changes in the human diet, smaller jaws evolved, leading to the occurrence of wisdom teeth growing in irregular directions or shapes today, driven by limited space.

2. What causes wisdom tooth pain?

– Presence of caries in the wisdom tooth:

– Lack of space or poor eruption position:

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– Pericoronitis:


– Cysts:


tooth painA toothache is a discomfort that we may all have encountered at some point in our lives, and wisdom teeth often play a role in this experience. The reasons for the pain accompanying the eruption of wisdom teeth are outlined below:

When wisdom teeth emerge or become partially visible in the mouth, they are susceptible to cavities because brushing in this hard-to-reach area may be inadequate. In many instances, insufficient hygiene increases the likelihood of wisdom teeth developing a cavity and subsequent pain.

Many individuals face a shortage of space, making the emergence of the wisdom tooth a challenging process. This can result in its misaligned growth or incorrect positioning, leading to pain. The discomfort may stem from the wisdom tooth pushing against neighboring teeth, exerting pressure on the nerve that serves the mouth, or affecting adjacent structures.

In the process of eruption of wisdom teeth, the gums can also be damaged, leading to problems such as pericoronitis, causing inflammation and infection in the gum surrounding the wisdom teeth by the accumulation of bacteria in this area

When the sac surrounding the formation of wisdom teeth fills with fluid, cysts can develop. These cysts have the potential to cause damage to the jaw, teeth, bone, and nerves in the affected region. Without timely treatment, they may lead to significant complications.

3. Common Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth


Numerous patients with impacted third molars may remain asymptomatic, but if discomfort is reported, it is often due to infection, commonly associated with pericoronitis. Possible observations include:

  • Discomfort in the rear region of the impacted wisdom tooth.
  • Facial swelling.
  • Trismus or restricted mouth opening.
  • Halitosis or unpleasant breath.
  • Tenderness with swelling of the submaxillary glands.

4. How are wisdom teeth extracted?


In the case of requiring extraction of wisdom teeth either by presenting symptoms that harm the patient extraction is performed according to the following procedure:

  • First, some type of local anesthetic will be applied to the area.
  • After this, the gum tissue over the tooth or around it will be opened.
  • In some cases, it is necessary to remove the bone surrounding the wisdom tooth.
  • Then we proceed to extract the wisdom tooth, depending on the wisdom tooth’s position and anatomy because some of them require sectioning into parts to make it easier to extract.
  • After the wisdom tooth has been extracted; stitches may be needed, then these should be removed 5-7 days after the surgery.
  • A gauze dressing will be placed to bite down on for 30 – 45 minutes to stop the bleeding.

5. When do we need an oral surgeon?

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Extraction may be required for a wisdom tooth with insufficient space or impaction, leading to pain, infection, or other dental complications. If the wisdom tooth is deeply impacted or demands a comprehensive surgical procedure, your dentist may suggest a consultation with an oral surgeon.

This procedure can often be done at the Channel Islands Family Dental and by our dentists in Ventura.

6. How long is the recovery time?

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Pain, swelling, and potential bleeding are expected outcomes after the extraction of a wisdom tooth.

During the healing process, it is crucial to avoid disturbing the blood clot or causing harm to the recovering gums. Additionally, stick to a soft diet in the initial days following the procedure. When brushing your teeth, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and steer clear of the extraction site.

Wisdom tooth extraction typically involves a recovery period of three to four days, although it may extend beyond a week. The duration of recovery is contingent upon the severity of the impacted wisdom teeth and their eruption patterns.

7. What medications are taken?


Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are a safe way to relieve wisdom tooth pain and also help reduce inflammation.

When an infection is identified, our dentists in Ventura or our oral surgeon may advise the use of antibiotics, either before or after wisdom tooth extraction, as long as they are prescribed.

8. Contact us:

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If you are suffering from wisdom tooth pain or suspect wisdom tooth pain, don’t hesitate to visit us at Channel Islands Family Dental.

At Channel Islands Family Dental, we look forward to your visit and will make a timely diagnosis.  In addition, our dentists in Ventura will be able to guide you to the best treatment to take care of your health.

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