Wisdom Teeth Specialist

Boghossian Dental

Cosmetic Dentists & Dental Surgeon located in Glendale, CA

If you need wisdom teeth extraction, finding the right team can make the experience easier to navigate. Vahe Boghossian, DMD, and Avedis Boghossian, DDS, of Boghossian Dental in Glendale, California, have the skill and experience needed to extract wisdom teeth without pain or a lengthy recovery process. If you’d like to learn more, call the office to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Wisdom Teeth Q&A

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars. They are located at the very back of your jaw and are a part of our anatomy left over from a time when the human diet consisted of more hard foods like nuts and seeds. 

These last molars don’t usually emerge from your gums until you are 17-21 years old. That’s why they are called “wisdom” teeth because they emerge at a more mature age. 

The human jaw has become smaller over time, and many people lack sufficient space to accommodate wisdom teeth. That can cause serious problems when the teeth become trapped within your gum tissue or only partially emerge. Extractions are sometimes the best way to create additional room in your jaw. 

What are some problems linked to wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth that cannot fully emerge can cause the following dental issues:

  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Formation of cysts near the tooth
  • Insufficient room to floss between wisdom teeth and adjacent molars
  • Crowding or damage to adjacent teeth

If these issues arise, or if imaging shows a high risk for these problems, having your wisdom teeth extracted is the best course of action. 

What is the process for having wisdom teeth removed?

You’ll receive some form of anesthesia prior to having your wisdom teeth removed. That might include nitrous oxide or intravenous sedation, allowing you to rest comfortably during your procedure. 

A numbing injection blocks all sensation in the treatment area. Next, your dentist makes an incision in the gum tissue to gain access to the impacted wisdom tooth. 

In some cases, the tooth can be removed using a rocking back-and-forth motion. In other cases, the tooth must be broken into smaller pieces to facilitate removal. Special surgical instruments are used to remove all portions of the tooth. 

Finally, your dentist determines if you need sutures to close the gum tissue to facilitate healing. Gauze or other packing material is used to place pressure on the surgical site and reduce bleeding. 

Once your anesthesia wears, off you’ll be able to return home. It’s important to avoid vigorous mouth rinsing or brushing for a day or so after wisdom teeth extractions. It can take several days for minor bleeding, swelling, and discomfort to subside, but over-the-counter pain medication is all that’s needed to ease discomfort. 

To explore wisdom teeth extractions in more detail, call the office to set up a visit, or spend a few moments on the online scheduling page.