Wisdom Teeth Removal
The name “wisdom teeth” evokes ideas of intelligence and prudence. However, people with impacted or partially erupted teeth know how unpleasant the condition can be. Causing pain and swelling along with damage to surrounding teeth, these must often be removed to preserve a patient’s oral health. If you or your son or daughter is experiencing troubling symptoms or pain, don’t hesitate to schedule an appoint with our expert Los Angeles periodontists for possible oral surgery.
Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky understand that many patients experience dental anxiety, particularly at the thought of undergoing a procedure such as a tooth removal. We specialize in IV sedation therapy in order to help patients feel more relaxed and comfortable throughout their wisdom teeth removal. Intravenous sedation does not cause patients to sleep but allows them to relax and respond to questions, if necessary, ensuring a less stressful, more convenient appointment. IV sedation also allows Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky to perform procedures quickly and efficiently for shorter treatment times.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
The third set of molars, wisdom teeth often emerge in the late teens or early 20s and can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort depending on the size of a patient’s mouth and other factors. Some scientists believe that these teeth exist because ancient humans were in possession of longer skulls and jawbones.
Who Needs Third Molar Sets Removal?
Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth can cause a number of problems including pain and trauma to nearby teeth and gums. Our LA expert periodontal specialists typically recommends removal for patients experiencing one or more of the following:
- Tooth pain
- Crowding or damage of nearby teeth
- Signs of gum disease or tooth decay
- Trouble cleaning due to location of wisdom teeth
If you are in need of this procedure, it’s important to contact an experienced periodontist and oral surgeon like Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivitsky for a consultation.
The Dental Extraction Procedure
Our periodontal experts perform tooth removal in their state-of-the-art office in the Brentwood part of Los Angeles. During the procedure, the doctor will administer IV sedation therapy and painkilling medication to ensure you are completely relaxed and experience no discomfort. Although you will not be asleep during IV sedation, you will be completely comfortable and likely to recall little of your surgery.
Depending on the state of your wisdom teeth (partially erupted, unerupted or impacted), Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivitsky will perform either a simple or surgical extraction. During a simple extraction, the doctor will remove the entire tooth in one piece. For more complex surgical extractions, our Los Angeles gum disease doctors will create an incision along the gum. After pushing back the nearby tissue, the doctor will separate the tooth into several pieces for easy removal.
As the only two board-certified periodontists in Brentwood and professors at the USC School of Dentistry, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky specialize in tooth removal and other oral surgical procedures including implant placement, bone grafting, and aesthetic crown lengthening.
Learn more about a wisdom tooth extraction from WebMD.com.
Complications and Recovery
Although wisdom teeth extraction is generally regarded as a safe procedure, the success of your surgery depends, in large part, on the experience and qualifications of your oral surgeon. The outcome is affected by the quality of the peridontist’s training as well as his or her use of proper surgical techniques. Additionally, it’s important to find an oral surgeon skilled in IV sedation in order to ensure a comfortable experience.
Following a wisdom tooth extraction, it is important for patients to take a few simple precautions to help prevent potential complications during the recovery period. For example, patients are advised to not smoke cigarettes at least one day after a tooth extraction, as well as eat only soft foods for a few days and avoid drinking from a straw or drinking carbonated drinks.
In order to ensure a smooth recovery, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky utilize only the most cutting-edge treatments and technologies available to minimize side effects and discomfort and improve oral health and appearance.
Cutting-Edge Dry Socket Prevention Techniques
The most common complication that may arise from wisdom tooth removal is dry socket. Also known as alveolar osteitis, this condition can develop when the blood clot that naturally forms within the hole left from extraction becomes dislodged or prematurely dissolves. The loss of the blood clot means that both the bone and nerves are left exposed, leading to severe pain and possible infection.
At The CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy, we offer advanced-platelet rich fibrin (PRF) treatments for the prevention of dry socket. This procedure creates a membrane from the patient’s own white blood cells and platelets to promote tissue growth and increase the rate of healing after a tooth extraction. Following the wisdom tooth extraction, the platelet rich fibrin is placed in the socket not only to prevent dry socket, but to also improve the body’s healing capabilities for a faster recovery and a lower risk of complications.
Contact the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy in LA today!
Choosing an expert periodontist is essential to ensuring the success of your wisdom teeth removal procedure. If you are in need of procedure, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivitsky for a consultation today.
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