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Wisdom Teeth Removal

It is recommended to have wisdom teeth removed in the mid to late teen years to avoid a number of future oral health complications.

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Why remove wisdom teeth?

At The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego, our oral surgeons are experts at wisdom teeth extraction. The third molars, or wisdom teeth, begin to emerge into the mouth around the ages of 17 to 23, after beginning their development in the jaw in the early teen years. These extra molars often cause oral health complications such as overcrowding, impaction (a tooth that is trapped under the gums), infection, pain, cysts, and more. Wisdom teeth complications are more easily treated in younger patients (or can be completely avoided), and because of this, most dental professionals recommend that wisdom teeth be removed early. The family dentist will monitor you or your child’s wisdom teeth development during regular dental checkups. An experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon will step in to perform the extraction procedure once it has been decided that these molars should be removed.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Process

During your consultation appointment with Drs. Koshgerian or Shelton, you will receive an oral examination and, if needed, have diagnostic scans of your mouth taken. Your oral surgeon will study the position of the wisdom teeth to create a personalized treatment plan, including the type of anesthesia that will maximize your or your child’s comfort during the procedure. Both of our trusted oral surgeons have extensive training and experience in the safe administration of various types of anesthesia for patients, and our clinical staff is skilled in anesthesia techniques. For optimal safety, the extractions will be performed in the comfort of one of our accredited and certified hospital-style surgical suites using state-of-the-art monitoring equipment. In our San Diego area locations, we offer several types of anesthesia for wisdom teeth removal, including

Our oral surgeons, Drs. Koshgerian and Dr. Shelton, both specialize in wisdom teeth extractions. To schedule a wisdom teeth consultation with one of the doctors, please call our practice and a knowledgeable staff member will be happy to assist you.

Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal

During the consultation appointment at The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego, your oral surgeon will present you with an estimate of costs based on several factors: how many teeth will be extracted, the type of anesthesia that is chosen for your procedure, your insurance coverage, and how difficult the extraction will be in terms of the depth of impaction, etc. During the examination, diagnostic images will be taken to create the best surgical plan possible. If you or your child have been recommended for a wisdom teeth extraction, we encourage you to contact a member of our staff to schedule a consultation with one of our exceptional oral surgeons.

Your Oral Health Investment

Most dental professionals recommend that wisdom teeth be extracted early, before they cause oral health problems. This approach saves the time, money, and discomfort related to future orthodontic or surgical treatments to resolve issues such as impaction and dental crowding. Early wisdom teeth removal is cost-effective for many reasons:

The team at The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego want wisdom teeth removal to be accessible for our patients. We accept several insurance plans, payment methods, and financing options. Please call us with questions — our knowledgeable administrative staff is happy to guide you through this process.

Wisdom Teeth Removal in San Diego, CA

Your family is in excellent hands with Drs. Koshgerian and Shelton. They are wisdom teeth specialists with many years of experience performing extractions. If you have questions about the wisdom teeth removal procedure, would like a consultation and an estimate of your wisdom teeth extraction cost, or have questions about any of the other procedures we offer, please give us a call. Our staff will be pleased to assist you.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When wisdom teeth are blocked by overlying gum and/or bone tissue and are unable to erupt properly into the mouth, they are said to be impacted. Impacted teeth are the most commonly impacted teeth because the average human jaw isn’t big enough to properly accommodate them. The pressure under the gums caused by impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, damage to nearby teeth and oral structures, infections, and other problems. To protect your oral health and avoid future complications with these molars, extracting the wisdom teeth as soon as possible is often the best course of treatment.

If you or your child have been recommended for wisdom teeth removal, or if you think that you or your child’s wisdom teeth are causing oral health issues, please contact The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego for a complete oral evaluation to determine next steps.

Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

It’s possible to have impacted wisdom teeth without any symptoms, but if your wisdom teeth are impacted and begin to move or develop an infection, you may notice some of the following signs:

It is important that everyone in your family sees the family dentist regularly, especially children in the early and mid-teens, for dental exams and imaging so that wisdom teeth can be tracked as they develop. Wisdom teeth should be treated by an oral surgeon before they start to emerge or cause problems.

How to Prevent Impacted Teeth

Dentists and oral surgeons recommend dental examinations and cleanings twice a year (every six months), which will allow your dental care team to track the development of wisdom teeth. This way, your dentist will be able to refer you to an oral surgeon at the right time, before serious oral health problems develop. Maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth is always a good idea, but wisdom teeth are notoriously difficult and even impossible to clean properly.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth in San Diego, CA

If you or your child are recommended for wisdom teeth removal, or if you suspect an impacted wisdom tooth, please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Koshgerian or Dr. Shelton for a diagnosis and treatment plan. The extraction will take place in one of our state-of-the art surgical suites conveniently located in the San Diego, CA, area. Thank you for the opportunity to provide the very best oral surgery care to you and your family.

Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ

What are the symptoms of wisdom teeth coming in?

Sometimes there are no symptoms at all! But if you or your child experiences discomfort or swelling in the area behind the back molars, or an unpleasant taste or smell in the mouth indicating infection, a dental examination should be scheduled as soon as possible to find out if the wisdom teeth are impacted or there is a related infection. It is recommended that your child have regular dental examinations every six months to track the development of their wisdom teeth so that treatment can be started before problems arise.

Is wisdom teeth extraction painful?

Usually, wisdom teeth are extracted while the patient is under intravenous (IV) sedation. They are completely unaware of the procedure taking place and there will be no sensation of pain. The anesthesia that was decided upon during the consultation will be administered by your oral surgeon — don’t worry, no procedure will take place until you or your child is at ease and ready. Patients receive a prescription for pain medication to control any post-operative discomfort, but we find that over-the-counter pain medications work fine for most of our patients that have undergone wisdom teeth removal.

Are wisdom teeth always extracted?

Some people do not ever require a wisdom teeth extraction. However, in most cases, the human jaw is not large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth. Your family dentist can track the development of your or your child’s wisdom teeth — if they seem to be positioned poorly or are becoming impacted, you will be referred to a trusted oral surgeon for extraction. Early diagnosis and removal can save time, money, and discomfort later.

Why do oral surgeons extract wisdom teeth? Why not have my dentist perform this surgery?

Because most wisdom teeth extractions are performed before the molars have erupted, the techniques for removal are often beyond the scope of a general dentist. When teeth must be removed from beneath the gum tissue and overlying bone, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is the most qualified provider to attend to the treatment. Oral surgeons have years of additional training in surgery and anesthesia to safely remove impacted teeth and address the complications that can occur.

What is the recovery like after wisdom teeth removal?

Two to four days is usually enough recovery time for patients who have undergone a wisdom teeth extraction procedure to return to normal daily routines. For at least three days following wisdom teeth extraction, you or your child should adhere to a diet of soft foods. Be sure to avoid smoking and the use of a straw during the recovery period as indicated by your oral surgeon. Detailed pre- and post-operative instructions will be provided before the treatment to ensure that the surgery and recovery is as smooth as possible.

Where can I have my wisdom teeth removed?

If you have been recommended for wisdom teeth removal, or if you suspect that you or your child’s wisdom teeth are causing oral health issues, you will be in excellent hands with Drs. Koshgerian and Shelton at The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego. Please call us to schedule a consultation. You and your loved ones will be given the very best oral surgery best care at our trusted practice.

Other questions?

At The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego, we are proud to offer high-quality patient care in a comfortable and safe environment. We are here to answer any questions you may have, or to schedule your consultation with one of the doctors, so please feel free to give us a call at (619) 287-5000.

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