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Wisdom Teeth Specialist

Southern California Center for Surgical Arts

Husam Elias, MD, DMD, FACS

Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dental Implant Clinic and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery located in Sherman Oaks, CA

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that 90% of adults have at least one impacted wisdom tooth, a problem that can lead to infection, pain, and damage to nearby healthy teeth. Husam Elias, MD, DMD, FACS, at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts has performed thousands of painless wisdom tooth extractions at his office in Sherman Oaks, California. To learn more about surgery to remove wisdom teeth, call the office or book an appointment online.

Wisdom Teeth Q & A

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the last set of molars to appear in the back of your mouth. If your wisdom teeth grow in normally, they erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. They often don’t grow in properly because many patients don’t have enough room in their jaw.

What is an impacted wisdom tooth?

Any type of tooth is impacted when it doesn’t break through the gum and grow into its normal position. An impacted wisdom tooth may break partially through the gum, grow in at an angle, or develop sideways inside the gum as if it’s lying down. Some wisdom teeth are straight up, but they stay trapped in the jawbone.

Impacted wisdom teeth lead to dental problems such as:

  • Misalignment as the wisdom tooth crowds or pushes against neighboring teeth
  • Localized infection in the gum and jawbone
  • Fluid-filled cysts that may destroy the jawbone

If your wisdom tooth partially erupts, it can become decayed, lead to problems with the adjoining tooth, or interfere with chewing.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

Dr. Elias has performed thousands of extractions and has the expertise you can depend upon for pain-free wisdom tooth surgery. He begins by taking X-rays and evaluating factors like the tooth’s angle, direction, and whether it’s impacted in the gum or bone.

Your extraction is minimally invasive, which means the incision is much smaller compared with traditional wisdom tooth surgery. As a result, you’ll have fewer stitches and a quicker recovery. Should Dr. Elias need to eliminate bone to extract the tooth, less bone is removed during a minimally invasive procedure.

What type of anesthesia will I need during a wisdom tooth extraction?

Most patients at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts prefer to receive general anesthesia so they’re not awake during their wisdom tooth extraction. However, local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and intravenous sedation are also available. If you prefer to stay awake, you can be sure your procedure will be painless.

The staff at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts has the training, licensing, and experience to provide all types of anesthesia. Additionally, their surgical facility ensures optimum safety with the most modern monitoring equipment.

If you need to have an impacted wisdom tooth removed, call Southern California Center for Surgical Arts or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.