Wisdom Teeth Removed in Cerritos CA
At the offices of Shawn Hofkes, DDS, we understand that making a decision to have your wisdom teeth removed is a big commitment. We will do our best to provide you with a relaxed experience by answering your inquiries and explaining all of your options. Dr. Hofkes is dedicated to helping you make the best decision you can for optimal long-term oral health.
Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Appropriate for Mature Adults?
Because your jawbone becomes denser as you age, wisdom teeth extraction may be more difficult. A person in his or her teens has a less dense jawbone from which a tooth is more easily removed. However, Dr. Hofkes employs the use of the most updated, state-of-the-art tools and equipment to meet your dental needs. He will examine your teeth, ask you questions about your dental history, and determine whether wisdom teeth removal is the best treatment.
What Signs Suggest a Need for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Preventive removal of wisdom teeth upon the suggestion of your dentist is a personal choice that may help you avoid future problems. In some cases, symptoms act as red flags, communicating an issue with the health of your wisdom teeth. Reasons for wisdom teeth removal include:
- X-rays reveal your wisdom teeth are growing in horizontally or crooked
- Your tooth is emerging through the side of your gum
- The wisdom teeth are impacted
- Cysts or tumors have formed around impacted teeth
- You experience recurring infections, in and around the wisdom tooth
- Wisdom teeth are causing extreme pain or swelling
What Can I Expect After Removal?
The decision to undergo wisdom teeth removal means you may need to have someone accompany you to the office. Wisdom teeth extraction typically includes the use of IV sedation. A friend or loved one will need to drive you home after the procedure while the sedation wears off. You may also need to clear a few days in your schedule. Recovery may require you to bite down on gauze for 24 hours until bleeding has stopped completely. The removal commonly leads to swelling and localized pain for two to three days.
Applying an ice pack to your cheek for the first day, followed by a warm compress throughout the subsequent recovery days is particularly helpful. To promote good healing, you will also need to eat soft, cool foods and avoid sucking, such as smoking or drinking liquids through a straw, for several days. Chew on the opposite side of your mouth. Resist removing the clot to avoid dry socket, a painful result of disrupting your body’s natural healing process.
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.