Southern California Center for Oral & Facial Surgery -  - Board-Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Southern California Center for Oral & Facial Surgery

Board-Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Tarzana, CA

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Your wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the very last teeth to develop, usually in late adolescence or your early 20s. At the Southern California Center for Oral & Facial Surgery, Dr. Jay Reznick addresses impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth. As an expert oral and maxillofacial surgeon, he can remove them before they cause serious problems. If you live in Tarzana, California or the surrounding area, call the office or use the online booking tool to have your wisdom teeth evaluated.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Q & A

Southern California Center for Oral & Facial Surgery

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

When you don’t have enough room in your jaw for the wisdom teeth to erupt, they get trapped in the jawbone and gums. That happens because the face and jaws of modern humans are smaller than those of early humans who needed larger jaws and more teeth for their tougher diet, and evolution hasn’t quite caught up.

What problems do impacted wisdom teeth cause?

Impacted wisdom teeth, or wisdom teeth that only partially erupt, can cause numerous oral health issues. These include:

  • Shifting or crowding of nearby teeth
  • Trapped food and bacteria, making oral hygiene difficult
  • Wisdom teeth decay
  • Cysts and abscesses from infection

When should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

You’re best off having wisdom teeth removed before they start to cause problems. Dr. Reznick can see via X-rays if your wisdom teeth are likely to cause issues.

Having them removed early means they haven’t fully developed and aren’t anchored tightly to the bone, so the surgery is easier on you. Young bones are also relatively elastic, making healing go more smoothly in most patients.

What should I expect during the procedure?

The exact procedure depends on the extent of your wisdom teeth’s impaction. Dr. Reznick puts you under sedation, which may be local, IV sedation, or -- in special circumstances -- general anesthesia.

Expect him to make an incision in your gum, which creates flaps to expose the tooth and bone. He then removes the tooth, also moving any bone that blocks access to the tooth. He cleans the site thoroughly and, when necessary, stitches the incision. To encourage blood clotting, he then places gauze on the wound.

How should I care for my mouth after my wisdom teeth are extracted?

Dr. Reznick and his staff provide thorough instructions for immediate post-surgical care. You may have some swelling, minor bleeding, and bruising in the first few days following the procedure. Dr. Reznick offers prescription pain medication to control the initial discomfort.

Limit strenuous activity for at least a week as your mouth heals. Drinking with a straw the first seven to 14 days post-surgery should be avoided as the sucking action can dislodge blood clots from the surgical site.

Follow a soft food diet for at least 24 hours, then transition to semi-soft foods when you feel able, but avoid hot, chewy, and hard foods for several weeks.

Testimonials

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    "I had no idea where to go but was referred to Dr. Susan Lee... Met with her and you can just tell that she's gonna be good, passionate, and detailed with her work."

    Don T.
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    "He and his staff are top notch professionals. You are in good hands here and I would recommend him to any friends and family."

    L J.
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    " Dr. Lee just makes you feel comfortable. She explains everything in a way you can understand and is so comforting. I cannot recommend this practice enough."

    Stephanie G.
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    "Dr. Jay Reznick is the dentist that has been performing a tooth implant for me. He is extremely qualified, upfront about procedures and makes you feel comfortable."

    Alicia T.
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    " If you must have oral surgery, I couldn't imagine a better surgeon than Dr. Reznick. If I need someone for oral surgery, I hope he's still there."

    Do J.
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    "All I can say is Dr. Reznick and his staff are amazing. I feel lucky to have found Dr. Reznick and his staff."

    Jeffrey S.
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    "My four wisdom teeth extraction went extremely well with Dr. Reznick. He is good in every which way..skill, courtesy...and... his immense knowledge and experience."

    Pramukh S.
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    "Very smart and get's the job done, I truly love the man and the others. Thanks again, Dr. Reznick, you're the best."

    Michelle D.
Location
Southern California Center for Oral & Facial Surgery
18372 Clark St., Suite 224
Tarzana, CA 91356
Phone: 818-996-1200
Fax: 818-996-1325
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