Wisdom Teeth Specialist

Dentistry in Paradise

Kevin Miller, DDS

Dentist located in Santa Barbara, CA

Both older adolescents and adults may have problems with their wisdom teeth. Dr. Miller from Dentistry in Paradise in Santa Barbara, California can remove these unnecessary teeth, giving great relief to patients in the Santa Barbara and Goleta, CA area, who are suffering from wisdom teeth pain and complications.

Wisdom Teeth Q & A

by Kevin Miller, DDS

What Are the Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are extra molars that lay behind the other two sets of molars in the back of the mouth. They typically grow in between late adolescence and a person's mid-twenties. Sometimes, they can be seen only on X-rays, and in other cases, they actually break through the gum line.

What Are the Main Reasons For Wisdom Teeth Removal?

It is common for wisdom teeth to become impacted, trapped within the jaws or gums. This can be very painful, so this is a leading reason to have them removed. In some cases, the wisdom teeth begin to grow at an angle that causes problems for the other teeth. In particular, the pressure of the wisdom teeth eruption may compromise the root structure of the existing molars, so this is a good reason to have wisdom teeth removed before they do further damage. Some people simply have no room for the wisdom teeth to grow in so removing them is often the best option for patients with small mouths.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Most patients need around three to four days to recover, but for more difficult wisdom teeth removals it may be up to a week. Patients can expect some swelling and possible mild bleeding after the surgery, but the dentist will provide each person with specific recommendations to help them recover as easily and quickly as possible.

What Methods Are Used to Keep Patients Comfortable During Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Patients will not be in pain or stressed during wisdom teeth removal because the dentist makes patient comfort and relaxation a top priority. A combination of prescription sedative and nitrous oxide is used during wisdom teeth removal in most cases. The prescription sedative will help patients relax even before the nitrous oxide is administered via mask. Patients often doze lightly and comfortably through the entire wisdom teeth removal procedure.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Dentistry in Paradise, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed

Aetna
Anthem
Blue Cross
Cigna
Delta Dental
Humana
MetLife Dental
United Healthcare