Wisdom Teeth Removal

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Omoto can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or future potential problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Some of the possible problems related to not removing your wisdom teeth include:

An example of a cyst formation on a wisdom tooth

Infection:

A very common clinical problem is pericoronitis, (a localized gum infection). The gum tissue around the wisdom teeth can become irritated and infected, resulting in recurrent pain, swelling and problems with chewing and swallowing.

An illustration of teeth crowding causes by a wisdom tooth

Shifted teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth may contribute to unfavorable movement of your teeth.

A visual of a wisdom tooth damaging an adjacent tooth

Damage to Adjacent Teeth:

If there is inadequate room to clean around the wisdom tooth, the tooth directly in front, the second molar, can be adversely affected resulting in gum disease, bone loss around the tooth, and/or decay.

An example of a cyst formation on a wisdom tooth

Cyst Formation:

Non-infectious disorders may also arise in association with impacted wisdom teeth. Cysts may develop inside the jaw bones and slowly expand destroying adjacent bone and occasionally teeth. Although rare, tumors can also be associated with impacted wisdom teeth.

What If I Don’t Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed As A Teenager Or Young Adult?

As wisdom teeth develop, the roots become longer and the jaw bone more dense. When it is necessary to remove impacted wisdom teeth in your thirties, forties or beyond, the post-operative course can be prolonged and there is a higher complication rate. Treating these complications is often more difficult and less predictable than with a younger patient. Healing may be slower and the chance of infection can be increased. In general, you will heal faster, more predictably and have fewer complications if treated in your teens or early twenties.

What Does Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost And Is It Covered By Insurance?

The fee for your treatment is determined by a number of factors. These may include the difficulty involved in removing your teeth and which type of anesthesia is best for you. The surgeon will review your x-rays, complete an examination and determine the best option for anesthesia during your consultation appointment . This will allow us to provide a cost estimate. Every insurance company has a different policy regarding the extent of coverage for a given surgical procedure. Our financial coordinator will assist you with your insurance company and all financial arrangements.

What If I Have Questions Before Surgery?

At the time of your consultation, your specific situation will be discussed in detail. We encourage you to ask all questions you may have. If new questions arise after your consultation, please call our office at Torrance Office Phone Number 310-325-7800.

A smiling woman

The Day of Treatment

Please do not eat or drink anything prior to your surgery. Having anything in your stomach can increase the risk for serious anesthetic complications.