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Wisdom Teeth FAQ


You will be able to choose between local anesthesia (which would leave you awake but unable to feel pain), nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or general anesthesia (completely sedated). Each of these options comes with a set of risks and rewards that should be weighed before making your final decision.

How safe is this procedure?

Wisdom teeth removal is so routine, there is almost no risk in this surgery. Dr. Elias has performed thousands of extractions and has the qualifications to ensure you a successful procedure. Some patients may be prone to infection more than others, and in these cases extra precautions are taken for your safety.

Our staff is trained and licensed to provide the anesthesia offered and we take pride in the safety features, modern monitoring equipment and experienced staff providing optimum safety for each patient. The Surgical Care Team, office facilities and Dr. Elias are all inspected on behalf of the Board of Dental Examiners on a regular basis.

What will I feel like after surgery?

The day after surgery, you will have some minor bleeding and pain. We recommend you cover your pillowcase to protect it from bloodstains. Each person’s reaction to surgery is different, and your pain may range from mild to severe, so be sure to follow recommended dosing for your prescription if needed. You will experience the infamous “chipmunk cheeks”, but swelling will subside by the third day typically. Follow your post-operative instructions carefully, especially limiting your physical activity. Your recovery will be much more easy and quick if you allow yourself time to simply heal. If these rules are adhered to, most patients recover within 3-5 days.

What will happen if I keep my wisdom teeth?

If you do not remove impacted wisdom teeth, their roots will grow and they may affect more than just your oral health. Gum disease, damaging cysts, tooth crowding and many other complications may result from avoiding your surgery, and they only become more severe with age.

Southern California Center for Surgical Arts
4910 Van Nuys Blvd, Suite 102
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Phone: 818-452-5015
Fax: 818-789-5833
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