1100 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035 310-657-2200

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth that do not have enough space to develop correctly can cause numerous problems in the mouth. Complications include the trapping of food which makes an environment for cavities and disease to form, the crowding or damaging of neighboring teeth, and root damage (which is irreversible). We recommend that you come in for regular checkups, so that any issues involving the development of your wisdom teeth will be addressed as soon as possible. We are committed to preserving overall oral health in our patients.

You may need to get your wisdom teeth removed if you show signs of:

  • Pain/aching/tenderness
  • Infection
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Damage to surrounding teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay

Before making any decisions to extract wisdom teeth, we will first examine your mouth and take an X-ray. Under the care of our expert team, you and your family will rest easy knowing that you are in safe hands throughout your visit. We understand that wisdom teeth extractions sound scary, but it’s best to have them removed to avoid headaches and constant pain in the back of your mouth. Keep in mind, when your wisdom teeth come in as much as they can, you should have them removed as soon as possible. The younger you are, the easier the procedure will be since the wisdom teeth roots aren’t fully developed by that time. This will also help with a quicker recovery time.

One of the most important aspects of a successful wisdom tooth extraction recovery is following the post-operative instructions. Otherwise, you are at risk for developing a dry socket. These require immediate treatment by one of our experienced dentists. If you notice any extreme pain or sensitivity after the procedure, call us right away and we will try to see you as soon as possible.

The full name for a dry socket is Alveolar Osteitis. In simpler terms, this translates to inflammation of the tooth socket. When removing a tooth from a healthy socket, blood clots form and the healing process begins. Dry sockets happen when this healing process is hindered in some way. Dry sockets can develop on both the upper and lower jaw and are more common with complicated extractions, such as wisdom tooth extractions.

Dry socket symptoms become noticeable around three days after an extraction. It starts with sharp or throbbing pain in the affected area. You’ll notice that the pain worsens when eating or drinking. Be aware of any sensitivity.

We provide dry socket treatment. At your appointment, the area is thoroughly examined. Then deep cleaning removes all bacteria and debris from the socket. In certain cases, a dressing is placed on the tooth. This removes any pain while speeding up the healing process. Afterward, symptoms alleviate within a day or so. We will recommend that you take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain and swelling.

If you are experiencing any problems after your wisdom tooth extraction, please contact us right away. Or if you have any other questions or concerns, we would be happy to address them for you.

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