Decoding Wisdom Teeth Removal: Timing and Rationale

At the University Oral Surgery Center in Los Angeles, led by the skilled Dr. Ramin Shabtaie, we often encounter questions about wisdom teeth removal – a common but sometimes misunderstood dental procedure. Understanding the ‘when’ and ‘why’ of this process is crucial for optimal oral health.

The ‘When’ of Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, typically emerge in the late teens to early twenties. However, not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. The decision to remove these teeth depends on several factors:

  1. Impaction: When wisdom teeth are unable to emerge properly, they become impacted, often requiring removal to prevent complications.
  2. Overcrowding: If there’s insufficient space in the mouth, wisdom teeth can cause crowding and misalignment of other teeth.
  3. Pain and Discomfort: Persistent pain or discomfort in the area of the wisdom teeth is a clear indicator that evaluation and possibly removal are necessary.
  4. Gum Disease and Cavities: Difficulty in cleaning wisdom teeth can lead to gum disease and cavities, necessitating their removal.

The ‘Why’ Behind Removal

Removing wisdom teeth is not just about addressing current symptoms. It’s a proactive measure to prevent potential future problems:

  • Preventing Damage to Adjacent Teeth: Wisdom teeth can push against other teeth, leading to damage or misalignment.
  • Avoiding Cysts and Tumors: Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to the development of cysts or tumors, which can damage the jawbone and nerves.
  • Reducing the Risk of Oral Infections: Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth can be breeding grounds for bacteria, leading to infections.

Advanced Diagnostic and Treatment Approaches

At our center, we use Cone Beam CT Scanning for precise imaging of wisdom teeth. This advanced technology aids in making informed decisions about the necessity and approach for wisdom teeth removal.

The Removal Procedure

The removal of wisdom teeth at the University Oral Surgery Center is a routine procedure. We ensure patient comfort and safety through Before Intravenous Anesthesia Sedation, minimizing discomfort and anxiety during the procedure.

Addressing the Aftermath of Extraction

Post-extraction, some patients may require additional procedures for optimal oral health. Services like Dental Implants and Bone Grafting are available to address any subsequent needs, ensuring a complete and functional dental restoration.

Managing Complex Cases

In cases where wisdom teeth removal leads to or is complicated by other oral health issues, our expertise in Oral Pathology and managing Facial Trauma ensures comprehensive care for our patients.

Expert Care Awaits

For those in Los Angeles facing wisdom teeth issues or needing expert dental care, we invite you to contact Dr. Ramin Shabtaie at 310-208-3471. Our team is ready to provide you with personalized, top-tier oral healthcare.

Elevating Oral Health through Expertise

In conclusion, wisdom teeth removal is a significant decision influenced by various factors. At the University Oral Surgery Center, we are committed to guiding our patients through this journey, offering advanced diagnostic tools, expert surgical skills, and comprehensive post-procedure care. Trust in our experience and dedication to elevate your oral health.


  1. American Dental Association: Guidelines on Wisdom Teeth Removal.
  2. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: The Long-term Effects of Wisdom Teeth Extraction.
  3. International Dental Journal: Impacted Wisdom Teeth – Management and Complications.
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