Sam Harouni, DDS
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Beverly Hills, CA
When the last of your adult teeth make an appearance, your wisdom teeth, there may not be enough room in your mouth to accommodate these four molars. Dr. Sam Harouni, offers wisdom teeth extraction surgery at his Beverly Hills oral and maxillofacial surgery practice to prevent dental complications due to crowding or impacted teeth. Dr. Harouni offers IV sedation for your extraction surgery to ensure your experience is pain-free and comfortable. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about wisdom teeth extraction surgery.424-317-8566 Book Online
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Q & A
What is a wisdom tooth extraction?
A wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more of the four adult molars that grow in the top and bottom corners of your mouth.
These molars are the last of your permanent teeth to erupt in your mouth, appearing in your late teens or early 20s.
In some cases, wisdom teeth come through without causing any problems. However, if there isn’t enough room to ensure teeth can develop properly, you may need an extraction surgery.
Why do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
After a thorough dental evaluation, Dr. Harouni may recommend an extraction of your wisdom teeth if there isn’t enough room in your mouth to allow the molars to grow normally. He may suggest surgery for impacted molars that:
- Grow at angle
- Stay below your gumline
- Crowd your other adult teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain and increase your risk of developing a tooth infection. Food and bacteria can get trapped behind the impacted molar, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.
To prevent these dental complications, Dr. Harouni can surgically extract any of the impacted wisdom teeth.
What can I expect during wisdom tooth extraction surgery?
To keep you comfortable throughout the procedure, Dr. Harouni uses intravenous (IV) sedation. He also uses a local anesthetic to numb your gums, so you won’t feel any pain during surgery. IV sedation keeps you awake but very relaxed.
Dr. Harouni removes the wisdom teeth and their roots, meticulously cleaning out the extraction site before suturing the wound. To control bleeding, Dr. Harouni places clean gauze in surgical areas.
If you have IV sedation, you must recover briefly before going home.
How long does it take to heal from a wisdom tooth extraction?
Extraction surgery affects everyone differently. You may need over-the-counter or prescription medications to keep you comfortable. Ice packs can also help manage postsurgical swelling.
Dr. Harouni provides an aftercare plan to ensure you heal properly. You need to avoid activities immediately after surgery and should eat only soft foods for the first 24 hours. To prevent infection, rinse your mouth after eating to remove food and bacteria from the surgical site.
You need to schedule a follow-up appointment so Dr. Harouni can check how your gums are healing and to remove the sutures.
Find out more about wisdom teeth extraction surgery by calling the Beverly Hills office or using the online booking feature.