Wisdom Teeth Santa Barbara CA

The Extraction Of Wisdom Teeth Is Necessary When They Are Prevented From Properly Erupting Within The Mouth

By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.

The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as wisdom teeth.

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Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.

These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

Oral Examination

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation


With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Hall, Dr. Bienstock or Dr. Jones can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Drs. Hall, Bienstock, and Jones have the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.

Removal of Wisdom Teeth

In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit may include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us.

Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the wisdom tooth removal process, please click the image below. It will launch our flash educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about wisdom teeth.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Overview

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Santa Barbara Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

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Awesome job. Got my teeth removed. There was no pain.

- Preston H

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I wanted to wait a week after having my wisdom teeth extracted by Dr. Hall before writing a review, and I highly recommend him! He and his staff were friendly, professional, and very skillful! This was my first visit and I found them by picking through reviews in the SB area online. The procedure went very smoothly and I was back to daily life much sooner than I anticipated! Excellent work and I highly recommend him! Thank you!!

- Chris N

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We had a very positive experience with Santa Barbara Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. I have had other oral surgeons perform tooth extractions in the past, and Dr. Hall is the best by far. He removed 4 wisdom teeth without problems, and post-surgery there was no noticeable bruising, and the least amount of soreness I have ever had after an extraction. Dr. Hall is a pro, and I highly recommend going to him for your oral and/or maxillofacial surgical needs.

- Spencer F

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The doctors are nice!

- Angel S

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I have had a total of four wisdom teeth extracted in my life. This was by far the best overall experience.

- Thomas A

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3 children with wisdom teeth extractions-all performed by Dr. Hall. Every time was a smooth and great experience! Entire staff was awesome. Highly recommend this office...so professional and accommodating.

- Thomas J

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Great doctor. Very friendly staff.

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Treated very well by all staff. Professional yet personable demeanor. Office is clean, operators rooms are clean and comfortable. Dr. Hall was very gentle and considerate, made me feel confident and safe. Assistants were capable and careful in their preparations.

- Tom A

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Excellent Experience! Entire staff was so pleasant and efficient. Will continue to highly recommend you. Thank You!

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Thank you for making my operation seamless, quick, worry free, and easy. Great experience with the office and staff!!

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I had a great experience. The staff was wonderful!

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Busy office! Everyone was friendly and professional.

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Great experience

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Easy and quick procedure!

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I had a great experience at Dr. Hall's facility. Dr. Hall was very knowledgeable of his profession! The staff were courteous and attentive to their clients. They made me feel less nervous and less anxious! My visit was very pleasant and comfortable. I would definitely recommend this facility to my family and friends!

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Very conscious of pain. Gentle. Assistant was very thourogh and explained the whole process well

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