Wisdom Tooth Removal (third molars), oral surgery, wisdom teeth removal, wisdom teeth extractions, tooth pain, toothache, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Foothill Ranch, CA, El Toro, CA, Lake Forest, CA

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Celebrating over 20 years serving Orange County

Michael K. Clark, DDS


USC Graduate

Oral, Maxillofacial, and Dental Implant Surgeon


Wisdom Tooth Removal (third molars)

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that emerge, usually during your late teens to early twenties. For some people the wisdom teeth emerge through the gums and have enough room to grow in naturally. For others, wisdom teeth often cause problems as they are trying to protrude through the gums. When a wisdom tooth is impacted the tooth is coming in at an angle and not straight through the gum line. This can cause pain, the tooth can come in unevenly, or the tooth may only emerge partially.

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause structural damage to the jaw and other teeth. They can also provide a place for bacteria to gather since they are hard to reach and clean. These potential problems make it necessary to remove impacted wisdom teeth so that larger problems do not arise.
Often times a Panorex x-ray is needed to view the relationship between the wisdom teeth and vital anatomic structures such as nerves and sinus cavities. As a general rule: the longer a patient waits to have their wisdom teeth removed, the more complicated the procedure and recovery becomes. Book your wisdom tooth evaluation with Dr. Clark today.

Just mention the website when booking your wisdom tooth consultation to receive the consult at no charge.

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