Wisdom Teeth Removal Near Manhattan Beach
No one enjoys the thought of removing teeth from their mouth, but sometimes it is necessary. Wisdom teeth are the most common teeth to cause oral problems and can require removal to protect oral health. This large, final set of molars can grow incorrectly or have too little room to emerge in the jawbone. If you or your teenager need wisdom teeth removed and you live in Manhattan Beach, see the specialists at Torrance Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center.
Wisdom teeth removal is a type of oral surgery and is best performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Benjamin Yagoubian, DDS, MD, is an experienced and skilled oral surgeon who has the training and years of practice needed for complex oral surgeries. While tooth extractions may seem commonplace – many dentists do offer them at their clinics – they can have complications. Wisdom teeth, in particular, are prone to issues during removal, which is why a qualified oral surgeon should perform this procedure.
Oral surgeons are dentists and complete dental school. However, they go on to complete several more years of education, training and surgical residency that general dentists do not. This covers the requirements and skills needed for surgery on bone, soft tissues and teeth in the mouth, jaw and lower face. It also includes advanced education and training in anesthesia, a necessary component of most wisdom teeth removal procedures.
When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
Many people have their wisdom teeth come in without a problem and can keep these molars for life. Others never have their wisdom teeth completely erupt or the teeth can grow incorrectly. Wisdom teeth are meant to erupt around the time you become an adult, usually between the age of 15 and 22. They should be monitored by a dentist to ensure they develop correctly and fully form. If there is too little room in the mouth or other complications occur, dentists will often recommend they be removed to prevent problems. Issues caused by wisdom teeth can include:
- Infections in the gums, teeth or sinuses
- Damage to other teeth
- Pressure causing misalignment of other teeth
- Growing in sideways
- Partial or complete bony impaction
- Impaction in the soft tissues
Even when wisdom teeth do emerge completely and without issues during eruption, they are prone to decay and other oral health issues. These back molars are difficult to clean and can harbor bacteria, causing decay, gum infections and other issues. It can be less harmful to the oral health of the patient to have wisdom teeth removed than endure constant hygiene and repair issues.
Preparing for Wisdom Teeth Removal
Dr. Yagoubian offers stress-free wisdom teeth removal at our facility in Torrance, just down the road from Manhattan Beach. Many people have more than one wisdom tooth removed at one time and IV sedation or general anesthesia is recommended for the procedure. This allows the patient to be calm and relaxed during the surgery. Patients are instructed on what to expect during the day of their wisdom teeth removal procedure and are given instructions on post-operative care. Patients usually go home the same day and quickly recover over the next few days with rest and medications.
If you or a family member need one or more wisdom teeth removed, you can trust Dr. Yagoubian and our team at Torrance Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center. We have a state-of-the-art oral surgery center near Manhattan Beach and an experienced, compassionate surgical team. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yagoubian to discuss the options available at our clinic for wisdom teeth removal.