Category: Tooth Extractions

The Benefits of Impacted Wisdom Tooth Removal

The trouble with wisdom teeth, or third molars, is that, even though they grow naturally, your dental ridges might not be able to accommodate them. If so, then their growth can lead to a host of increasingly more serious issues, including dental damage and worsening discomfort. Besides alleviating pain, the benefits of impacted wisdom tooth… Read more »

Answering Questions About Wisdom Tooth Extraction

“Wisdom teeth” is the common nickname given to the third and last set of molars that many adults grow. Depending on how yours have grown, they may pass unnoticed, seem slightly uncomfortable, or cause severe, near-debilitating discomfort. Because of the problems that often accompany your third molars, they are the most-frequently extracted types of adult… Read more »

Tooth Extraction Aftercare: A Quiz

The idea of having your tooth removed because it is essential to protect your smile may not be the factor causing you concern. If you are hesitating to schedule your tooth extraction because you are worried about aftercare, we encourage you to understand that the process is not very complicated. In fact, we will provide… Read more »

Wisdom Teeth Removal: Understanding and Preventing Dry Socket

If you have made the decision to have your wisdom teeth removed, you have made a wonderful decision to protect your long-term oral health. While recovery is typically straightforward provided that you follow our aftercare instructions, we feel strongly about ensuring you understand dry socket. This disorder is easy to prevent as long as you… Read more »

Tooth Extractions: A Dental Quiz

As dental professionals, our goal is to help you retain as many of your natural teeth as possible. We prefer to help you keep your smile healthy, comfortable, and functional. However, sometimes problems arise that damage your tooth too greatly to allow it to remain in place. Or, your teeth are standing in the way… Read more »

About Third Molars

We always encourage patients to learn more about third molars since they can affect different smiles in a variety of ways. If you are unfamiliar with this term, let us give you a hint – it is synonymous with “wisdom teeth.” Perhaps you have some that have grown in successfully – or, maybe you aren’t… Read more »

When Extracting a Tooth Is Better Than Keeping It

Many patients don’t exactly welcome the news that one of their teeth has to be extracted. Even if the tooth hurts because it is severely damaged or infected, losing it can seem more devastating than dealing with it. As far as your dental health is concerned, however, the opposite may be true. In some cases,… Read more »

Become The Wiser On When To Remove Wisdom Teeth

Although your third molars are called wisdom teeth, they don’t hold any magic solution to creating a more aware human being. What they can do is cause difficulties in maintaining a solid arch of teeth. The most common cause of wisdom teeth removal is due to a condition called an impacted third molar. This condition… Read more »

Tooth Extraction Is Not Extinct

Tooth extraction may seem like a thing of the past with modern dental technology.  The numerous dental procedures for saving teeth seem to no longer warrant tooth removal. Add to that, the philosophy of minimally invasive dentistry–the belief that saving as much natural dentition is optimal for the patient’s future dental health.  Tooth removal, however,… Read more »

Why Some Teeth Must Be Extracted

It is the goal of a good dentist, such as Dr. Shawn Hofkes of Cerritos Dental Surgery, to try and save each and every tooth. Although adult permanent teeth were designed to last a lifetime, sometimes, saving a tooth is not possible or even desirable, and it may need to be extracted. The Need for… Read more »