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Omid Barkhordar, DDS


Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom teeth are four molars that grow in at the very back of the mouth during the teenage years. Because our jaws are commonly too small to accommodate these teeth, they very often need to be removed to prevent complications from developing.

Wisdom tooth removal with Dr. Barkhordar

Dr. Omid Barkhordar still vividly remembers the experience of having his own wisdom teeth removed. He recalls being petrified about the anesthesia, the pain and the recovery, to the point where it was difficult to focus on anything else. Of course, once he had his wisdom teeth removed he realized it wasn’t as awful as he’d imagined, but the memory of that fear sticks with him to this very day. As such, he demonstrates immense compassion for his patients as he guides them through this process, relieves their fears and provides a comfortable treatment experience.

Having removed wisdom teeth for countless patients over the years and participated in rigorous continuing education courses on the latest techniques and approaches to wisdom tooth removal, few dentists are more qualified than Dr. Barkhordar to perform your procedure. With access to advanced specialized equipment that ensures a smooth, pleasant and extremely safe process, you can be assured that you’re in highly capable hands with Dr. Barkhordar.

“I was terrified of having my wisdom teeth removed – but I really didn’t need to be. I didn’t feel a thing during the actual extractions, and Dr. Barkhordar made sure I was comfortable as I recovered. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you, Dr. Barkhordar!”


Why do wisdom teeth have to be removed?

Whenever your wisdom teeth cause or are predicted to cause problems in the future, it’s a good idea to have them removed. For example, if Dr. Barkhordar identifies any of the following issues associated with your wisdom teeth, he will likely recommend their removal:

Crooked wisdom teeth

When wisdom teeth grow in at an abnormal angle, they pose a risk to the surrounding teeth. They may cause damage, pain and/or crowding issues – and they’ll probably need to be removed.

Sinus pain

Some wisdom teeth cause pain, pressure and congestion in the sinuses. Rather than suffer with these chronic issues, you can resolve them completely by removing the cause of the problem.

Impacted wisdom teeth

If your wisdom teeth do not completely erupt through the gums, they are considered to be impacted. When this occurs, the teeth need to be removed to prevent an infection from developing.

Gum problems

If your wisdom teeth are causing the surrounding gums to swell and harden, they should be removed to preserve your healthy tissue.

Aesthetic issues

When wisdom teeth come in and there’s no space for them in the jaw, they may cause crowding and alignment issues. They can also undo aesthetic enhancements from crowns, bridges and braces. If your wisdom teeth are threatening your prior investments in your oral health, they should be removed.

Should you have your wisdom teeth removed?

Although wisdom teeth removal is a routine procedure that countless patients have performed, the reality is that not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted. You may never experience any problems with your wisdom teeth, and thus they may be able to remain in place. However, the only way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Barkhordar in our Santa Barbara office. During that meeting, he can evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth and help you determine your next steps.

What to expect during the procedure

The procedure to remove your wisdom teeth will begin with Dr. Barkhordar administering sedation to ensure you’re completely safe and comfortable throughout treatment. He will then make an incision in the gum tissue, and remove any bone that’s covering your wisdom teeth. He will then remove the tissue that connects the tooth to the underlying bone, before extracting the entire structure. If the tooth is particularly difficult to extract, he may break it into tiny fragments and remove it piece by piece. Once the entire tooth has been extracted, Dr. Barkhordar will close the incision with stiches and place gauze over the area to control bleeding.

Your recovery

There is a substantial recovery period associated with having your wisdom teeth removed – especially if all four are extracted simultaneously. For the first several days, you’ll want to relax, limit your activities and adopt a temporary soft-food diet comprised of items like pudding, yogurt and soup. You can expect to be fairly swollen after the extractions, so you’ll want to apply an ice pack to your cheeks to minimize these effects. You’ll also be advised to take your pain medication as prescribed by Dr. Barkhordar and bite down on gauze regularly to control any bleeding.

After your wisdom teeth are extracted, a blood clot will form in the empty sockets to promote healing. It’s very important to avoid dislodging those blood clots, as doing so can lead to a number of serious complications. To that end, you’ll be advised to avoid smoking, rinsing your mouth vigorously and using straws, as all of these activities can have an adverse effect on the clots.

Schedule an appointment

Beautiful, strong and healthy teeth can transform your appearance and your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in our Santa Barbara office – and let us give you the megawatt smile you deserve.

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