The Enigmatic Role of Wisdom Teeth in Oral Health

Wisdom teeth often remain shrouded in mystery and misconception when it comes to oral health. Nestled at the back of the mouth, these late bloomers of the dental world significantly impact our overall oral wellness. At the University Oral Surgery Center in Los Angeles, led by the esteemed Dr. Ramin Shabtaie, we delve into wisdom teeth’ intricate role in our lives.

The Late Arrival of Wisdom Teeth

Typically emerging in the late teenage years or early twenties, wisdom teeth, or third molars, are often seen as a rite of passage. However, their late arrival can bring a host of challenges. In a mouth already occupied by 28 adult teeth, these additional molars can struggle to find room, leading to impaction, misalignment, and other complications.

Impaction and Oral Health

Impaction occurs when wisdom teeth fail to emerge properly, either due to lack of space or misalignment. This can lead to a range of issues, from mild discomfort to severe complications like cysts or infection. At our center, we prioritize early assessment and intervention, often utilizing advanced Cone Beam CT Scanning to accurately diagnose and plan treatment.

The Decision to Extract

While not all wisdom teeth need removal, many do require extraction to prevent potential problems. Our approach at the University Oral Surgery Center is patient-centric, considering individual circumstances and potential risks. Procedures like Wisdom Teeth Extraction are performed with precision and care, ensuring minimal discomfort and optimal recovery.

The Link Between Wisdom Teeth and Overall Dental Health

Wisdom teeth can influence the alignment and health of other teeth. Crowding or shifting of teeth due to wisdom teeth can lead to difficulties in cleaning, increasing the risk of cavities and gum disease. In such scenarios, services like Dental Implants and Bone Grafting may become necessary to restore dental functionality and aesthetics.

Wisdom Teeth and Preventive Care

Preventive care plays a pivotal role in managing the challenges posed by wisdom teeth. Regular check-ups, combined with advanced diagnostic techniques like Before Intravenous Anesthesia Sedation, enable us to provide personalized treatment plans. This preemptive approach helps in addressing potential issues before they escalate.

Embracing Advanced Surgical Solutions

In cases where wisdom teeth cause or are likely to cause complications, surgical intervention becomes essential. Our team, led by Dr. Shabtaie, is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and expertise in procedures like Oral Pathology and Facial Trauma repair, ensuring comprehensive care for our patients.

Broadening the Horizon: Beyond Extraction

At the University Oral Surgery Center, we believe in a holistic approach to oral health. Our expertise extends to advanced procedures such as Sinus Augmentation Procedures, catering to a wide range of dental needs beyond wisdom teeth extraction.

Enhanced Understanding

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ramin Shabtaie, please feel free to contact us at 310-208-3471. Your journey towards optimal oral health is just a call away.

A New Perspective on Oral Health

In conclusion, wisdom teeth, though often overlooked, play a significant role in our oral health. Understanding their impact, potential complications, and the importance of timely intervention is crucial. At the University Oral Surgery Center, we are committed to providing exceptional care, tailored to the unique needs of each patient.


  1. American Dental Association: Wisdom Teeth Management
  2. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Impacted Third Molars and Their Influence on Oral Health
  3. International Journal of Dentistry: Trends in Wisdom Teeth Extractions and Complications
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