One of the very few “plusses” of the pandemic is the fact that, if you are working from home, minor surgery such as wisdom teeth extraction in San Francisco can be carried out while you are “at home” without the hassle of having to go back to work. So you can have wisdom teeth extraction scheduled during the week, and after one or two days recovery you can get back to your online work and Zoom calls.
When we say that wisdom teeth extraction in San Francisco is “minor surgery” we mean compared with things such as cleft lip and palate surgery, bone grafting, jaw surgery and so on. That doesn’t mean that wisdom teeth extraction something that can be ignored. If you need it, it is very important to have it done as soon as possible.
Many people wonder why they are called “wisdom” teeth, and this is because they do not start to erupt until your mid-teens, when it is assumed that by this age you have acquired a certain amount of wisdom. Talk to some parents and they would totally disagree, but nonetheless that is the reason!
Wisdom Teeth Are No Longer Required!
Wisdom teeth are something that our ancestors needed in order to chew extremely tough foods, but today, rather like your appendix, they are no longer required. However, most people get them. The issue is that, since we no longer need them, over thousands of years our jawbones have got a little smaller, and now when they do erupt there is usually not enough room for them.
Some people are lucky, and their wisdom teeth grow straight with no problem. However, they are few and far between. For most of us, they start to grow but don’t have sufficient room. This means that they can grow sideways, push other teeth out of alignment, and create a place for bacteria to thrive in the gaps when they partially erupt. That can lead to infection, swelling, pain, and other illness. In the worst cases, cysts or tumors can form.
The fact is that, if you need wisdom teeth extraction in San Francisco, the sooner it is carried out, the better. The surgery is an outpatient procedure and can be carried out under local anesthetic or laughing gas. You will need an hour or so in the office, resting under our supervision, until you are ready to be taken home.
We will give you a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics, and then all you will need is a follow-up appointment one week later for removal of the sutures.