Wisdom teeth can be a painful nuisance as we enter adulthood.  They can shift our carefully aligned smiles, impact our well set molars, or disrupt our oral nerves.  In rare instances, they can enter our mouths with little or no disruption.  Usually, however, medical intervention is required.

We are here to help.  Our staff will carefully examine your mouth, review the movement of your wisdom teeth before they begin to emerge, and develop a plan to extract them, if necessary.  We will work with you to find a solution that will ensure your optimal health.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars to enter your mouth.  People typically have two of these on both their lower and upper jaw (four total) that appear at the very rear of the mouth.  Most people will not see their wisdom teeth until their late teens or early 20s.

Why Should I Remove my Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are often misaligned when they enter our mouths.  They may be oriented horizontally or toward adjacent molars.  If misdirected teeth are allowed to emerge, they can damage other teeth, the jawbone, or oral nerves. 

Not only can misaligned teeth cause a great deal of discomfort, but they can disrupt a perfectly set smile after years of costly orthodontic treatment.

In addition, these teeth can sometimes be impacted.  This means that the teeth are enclosed within soft tissue and fail to fully emerge.  When this happens, a person’s mouth is subject to a significantly higher risk of infectious disease.  Finally, impacted teeth are extremely difficult to properly clean.  This means that they are prone to a heightened risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Our office is extremely well trained in wisdom teeth extraction.  The procedure will vary depending on whether or not the teeth have fully emerged.  If, for example, the tooth has completely erupted from the base of the gum line, the process is similar to the extraction of any other tooth.  In the alternative case, where the tooth is still buried beneath the gums, the operation will require an incision of the gum. 

Our approach varies from patient to patient depending on the orientation of the teeth.  Our staff is constantly on the lookout for the development of misaligned or impacted wisdom teeth.  Once we observe a possible issue, we act as soon as possible to avoid and adverse side of effects of allowing the wisdom teeth to emerge too far.

When commencing the operation, we first administer a local anesthetic to ensure that the procedure is smooth and painless.  If you are particularly anxious about the procedure, we are happy to provide additional sedatives such as nitrous oxide or an intravenous solution.  We want you to feel absolutely comfortable and secure during the operation.

Post Wisdom Teeth Removal Protocol

Recovery time can vary, but patients are typically able to chew normally after a few days to a week.  We always provide patients with pain medication to control any soreness experienced after the operation has concluded.  In addition, it is absolutely critical that patients take prescribed antibiotics to prevent any possible infections.

Icing the cheeks and jaw can reduce swelling and alleviate pain.  Also, after the first 24 hours, we recommend rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water solution after meals and before bed.  Smoking and the use of straws are strictly forbidden as they can lead to a condition called dry socket.  This can be quite painful and highly disruptive to the healing process.

We will make sure you understand the post-operation protocol to ensure that healing occurs without any bumps in the road.

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(310) 237-6329

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