Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Cerritos CA

We understand that making the decision to undergo any type of oral surgery may cause you some hesitation. The team at the offices of Dr. Hofkes is most concerned with providing you with a comfortable experience in a family-like environment. If you are experiencing pain, or infection, or if an exam reveals that your third molars are detrimental to your oral health, wisdom teeth extraction may be necessary.

Why Is Wisdom Teeth Extraction Necessary?

Wisdom teeth extraction is a surgical procedure that can greatly improve your oral health, daily comfort, and may even protect the alignment of the rest of your teeth. Working one-on-one with you, Dr. Hofkes will guide you toward the procedure and decision that best fits your circumstances. With a desire to make each patient feel like family, Dr. Hofkes uses top-notch technology for a comfortable dental care experience.

The reason you need wisdom teeth removal is not a one-size-fits-all explanation. Your particular situation may differ from your friend’s or relatives’ who also need to have wisdom teeth extraction. The third molars in your mouth may still be developing while showing signs of growing in at an angle, which can damage your other teeth or misalign your bite. They may also cause crowding or fail to develop fully.

What Is the Problem with My Wisdom Teeth?

Through a thorough oral examination including X-rays of your mouth, Dr. Hofkes can make an educated judgment to determine whether you are experiencing any problems with your wisdom teeth, or if problems may develop over time. A variety of issues associated with these molars may deem you a good candidate for wisdom teeth removal. Common reasons for wisdom teeth extraction include:

  • Your wisdom teeth have become impacted.
  • The position of the teeth may damage your current teeth alignment, or bite.
  • You have trouble cleaning and caring for erupted teeth.
  • Wisdom teeth can cause inflammation of the gums, possibly leading to infection.
  • Pain and discomfort caused by wisdom teeth.
  • Adjacent teeth can become damaged, leading to cavities.

What Happens During Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

Your caring dental surgeon, Dr. Hofkes, will numb the wisdom tooth, or teeth, and the surrounding area. Because the extraction may require the removal of a portion of your jawbone, the dentist may sedate you. Shawn Hofkes, DDS, offers patients a variety of sedation options, including nitrous oxide and IV sedation. Dr. Hofkes will determine the appropriate sedation to keep you comfortable during and after your procedure. Rest assured, if you are feeling hesitant or nervous about your dental treatment, our attentive staff will explain what to expect step by step, while answering any and all of your questions.

Schedule an Appointment!

At the offices of Shawn Hofkes, DDS, we are dedicated to providing you with the care that will help you achieve a healthy, brilliant smile. Please contact us today to schedule your dental appointment with Dr. Hofkes. Contact our Cerritos office located in Fountain Plaza, directly across from Los Cerritos Center. Shawn Hofkes, DDS, is happy to offer dental services to patients from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, Fullerton, and surrounding communities.