Worry-Free Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth generally erupt from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 after your other permanent molars are in place. For some people, wisdom teeth cause no problems, and other people don’t develop wisdom teeth at all. However, most people need to have these late-erupting molars extracted to prevent impaction, overcrowding, and possible infection. Dr. Kerri Hill of The Art of Dental Wellness has extensive training and experience in Beverly Hills wisdom teeth removal, both erupted (where you see them) or impacted (hidden under the gums).
The rearmost molars (or third molars) found in all four corners of your mouth are commonly called “wisdom teeth” due to their relatively late eruption from the gums. Because wisdom teeth emerge after your other adult molars are in place, they can easily cause overcrowding and threaten proper orthodontic alignment. For this reason, the vast majority of people will need to have their wisdom teeth extracted. Extracting these teeth as soon as they begin to move into place helps prevent dental problems later, such as infection or decay from overcrowding. Whatever your age or the status of your wisdom teeth, Dr. Kerri Hill will assess their position and provide the best course of treatment to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Many people neglect their oral care due to anxiety over visiting the dentist. If this describes you, the compassionate and knowledgeable staff at The Art of Dental Wellness are here to set your mind at ease. Failing to remove wisdom teeth when needed can multiply problems in the mouth and necessitate more expensive and invasive procedures down the road. If you need your wisdom teeth extracted, we can recommend and provide the proper level of conscious sedation or general anesthesia to make your experience as pain-free and pleasant as possible. We will also make sure you have everything you need to make a comfortable recovery after you return home.
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Early humans had broader jawbones to help them chew tough and uncooked foods, meaning that there was plenty of room for wisdom teeth to grow in during late adolescence or early adulthood. Over time, our diets became more refined, and our jawbones evolved to become smaller. Unfortunately, most people still develop wisdom teeth, which leads to overcrowding in the relatively narrow modern mouth. Timely removal of wisdom teeth can help prevent problems in the mouth before they begin.
Let Us Set Your Mind at Ease
Whether you are seeking treatment for unerupted wisdom teeth or you need surgery to remove wisdom teeth that have already emerged and are causing problems, your first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kerri Hill at The Art of Dental Wellness. She will perform an exam and take any needed imaging to diagnose the current state of your teeth. She will also provide details about your treatment plan and get you scheduled for a timely surgical appointment. If you're in need of wisdom teeth removal Beverly Hills dentist, Dr. Kerri Hill and her caring staff and comfortable, modern office will make you feel right at home and get you back on the road to good oral health.
What to Expect
Because most wisdom teeth require surgical extraction, you will be given an option of general or IV conscious sedation to make you comfortable during your procedure. To remove an unerupted or impacted wisdom tooth, Dr. Hill first makes a small incision in the gums. Depending on the position of the tooth, she may remove it all at once or in sections. The area is then thoroughly cleaned and cleared of any remaining fragments. Stitches may be placed to close the incision.
Yourself at Home
Following wisdom teeth extraction, it is important that you follow the aftercare instructions we provide. Failure to follow these instructions can result in painful complications such as infection, abscess, or a dry socket (a condition in which the blood clot that forms after surgery comes off, exposing the bone).
Drink lots of water and avoid tobacco products for at least 72 hours. You will need to have a soft food diet, avoid drinking through straws, vigorously rinsing, and follow all instructions for cleansing your mouth as it heals.
Proper care of your extraction sites promotes good healing and reduces your risk of complications. Once your wisdom teeth are extracted, your other teeth will have room to sit comfortably in the jaw, and access to the back of the mouth will be easier to keep clean and disease free. If your wisdom teeth have already caused problems to the surrounding teeth and gums, Dr. Hill can assess your needs and provide any necessary follow-up treatment to restore a healthy mouth.
You will not feel pain during the procedure, but there will be some swelling and soreness after you return home and the local anesthetic wears off. We will provide any medication needed for pain relief. You should feel ready to return to normal activities within a day or so but will need to avoid certain activities like drinking from a straw or smoking for a little longer.
There is a risk of complications from surgery, including infection or dry socket.
Most dental insurance plans provide at least partial coverage of wisdom teeth extraction.
Yes. You will most likely be under conscious sedation or general anesthesia during your procedure. Plan to have someone drive you home and help you get comfortable while you recover.
Kerri Hill, DDS, offers a uniquely all-encompassing, patient-focused dental treatment experience in Beverly Hills. The expert behind some of Hollywood’s best smiles, Dr. Hill’s propensity for empathy and meticulous care allow her to make patients’ dreams a reality. Begin building your best smile with a comprehensive consultation at The Art of Dental Wellness.
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