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Oral Surgery

Bay Dental Group

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in San Jose, CA

Oral surgery, including wisdom tooth removal, is sometimes necessary to maintain your oral health. The team at Bay Dental Group offers safe and effective oral surgery to make sure that your smile stays healthy. Schedule your oral surgery at their modern surgical center in San Jose, California, today by calling the office or booking with the easy-to-use online tool.

Oral Surgery Q & A

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery is any surgical procedure performed on your oral tissues, including your gums and teeth. 

Many people think of general anesthesia and lengthy hospital stays when they hear the word surgery, but oral surgery is different and usually not as involved. Many times, oral surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed under local anesthesia with little to no downtime in recovery. 

What is wisdom tooth removal?

Wisdom tooth removal is a type of oral surgery that your dentist performs to extract a wisdom tooth when it’s posing a threat to the health of your mouth. 

Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that usually emerge between 17 and 25 years old. Wisdom teeth were more useful for our early ancestors, who needed the extra grinding surface in order to properly chew their food. Modern humans don’t need their wisdom teeth, and since our jaw has gotten smaller over time, their presence can actually be troublesome for your oral health. If you don’t have enough space in your mouth for your wisdom teeth, they can cause:

  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Damage to your jaw
  • Sinus issues 
  • Inflammation in your gums
  • Cavities

Wisdom teeth can also push your other teeth out of alignment, leading to crowding and jaw problems.

What happens during wisdom tooth removal?

First, the team at Bay Dental Group numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic. If your wisdom tooth has successfully emerged through your gums, they use a special tool to gently rock it back and forth until it’s loose enough to extract.

If your wisdom tooth is stuck underneath your gumline, the team needs to perform oral surgery to remove it. Your dentist makes an incision in your gum to expose the wisdom tooth underneath, then attempts to remove it. Sometimes, they need to cut up the tooth into smaller pieces before removing it.

Once your wisdom tooth is out, they pack your empty socket with gauze to help a clot form. The team gives you specific aftercare instructions to follow in order to make your recovery process quicker and more effective. 

Schedule your oral surgery today by calling Bay Dental Group or booking a visit online.