Wisdom Teeth in Aliso Viejo, CA

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.”

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.

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

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Clark 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. Dr. Clark has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.

Removal

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 will 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 at Aliso Viejo Office Phone Number 949-202-4420.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Overview

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

Wisdom Tooth Removal Overview

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

South Orange County Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

5 out of 5 stars based on 17 Wisdom Teeth Extraction reviews.

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Friendly, straightforward, highly professional; easy to schedule, and maybe the best part was the ease in which we were able to work out insurance payment! Felt very confident after first visit; procedure went very smoothly. Would definitely recommend to others

- Ana H

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So my oral surgeon was amazing!!!! He was so friendly and did his job perfectly!! I have never been put to sleep before I got all 4 wisdom teeth out and he set me up with an in which he managed to get in 1 try most nurses always poke me more than once so big relief next thing he did was tell me to think of my vacation spot laid me back and next thing I know I was waking up from surgery lol he is really really awesome!!! I didn't feel any pain before I got my pain meds and when it was time for me to take another pain pill that was the only time I started to feel a little bit of pain! I just really got nauseous from the pain medication and super loopy and tired! But that's normal lol I highly recommend https://www.facebook.com/South-Orange-County-Oral-Maxillofacial-Surgery-Dr-Adam-T-Clark-DDS-209625255718346/!!! He knows what he is doing ppl!!!!

- Isolina H

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Dr. Clark and Staff (Sharon) was so patient and answered my million on questions. I walked in scared and paranoid of my procedure and after speaking to them before my surgery, I was calm and trusted Dr.Clark and his staff. After he personally called me to make sure I was ok. That is great service. Everyone is so friendly and wish all medical team was like Dr. Clark and his office! THANK YOU

- Rosaline H

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I needed to have my wisdom teeth out, but was unsure of where to go to get it done. I found them online and came in for a visit, and right away I felt very comfortable by their knowledge of my issue, with the overall kindness of everyone, and just how helpful they were to any questions and concerns I had. The surgery went incredibly well, and I would recommend their service to anyone! Thank you very much to Dr. Adam Clark and his team for a great experience!

- Alex B

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What a great practice. From the time I called to set up the appt. to have my wisdom tooth pulled until after this procedure was done, I can only say BRAVO to Dr. Clark and every member of his staff! They are kind, caring and gave me information I needed every step of the way. Having parkinson's disease is no easy matter to deal with in a dentist's office. With my tremors very visible during my visit, Dr. Clark's office made it so much easier to sit through a tooth extraction. I wish my insurance paid for combat pay because they deserve it.

- Reza N

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Very professional and friendly staff. I would highly recommend them to anyone. The office is pleasant and clean. All of my children that have gone to Dr. Clarks office have enjoyed their visit and feel very at ease with him and his staff. We keep coming back for wisdom teeth extractions....soon to have 4 children total to have had the pleasure of Dr. Clarks services.

- Joy V

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Dr. Adam Clark, along with Melissa Peters and the entire staff at South OC Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery truly are the best. Their care for both my daughter and son during surgery was amazing. The procedures were thoroughly explained to me leaving no questions unanswered. All aspects of the surgery were discussed including pre, day of and post operation steps to ensure top care for my children. The staff is professional, knowledgeable and also caring. The office is exceptionally clean and the environment, very comfortable. I highly recommend Dr. Adam Clark and cannot say enough about their wonderful customer service and treatment.

- Leslie L

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Quick and professional care both from Doctor and support staff. Pre and post care information was clear and I felt confidence throughout the whole procedure.

- Alexander K

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I would definitely recommend Dr. Clark. He was professional, friendly and caring about my sons surgery. He also called my son personally the day after the surgery to make sure he was doing ok. The staff was friendly and explained everything thoroughly. Thanks for a great experience .

- Cynthia S

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Excellent doctor and staff. Very friendly and the doctor explained everything. Would highly recommend this office.

- Kris C

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I'm pleased with everything so no complaints. Will return as needed.

- Nancy R

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I am so grateful for such a smooth experience for my wisdom teeth extraction. From the staff to Dr. Clark to the organization I felt so supported and taken care of. I have had minimal pain or swelling and I believe it's because the doctor was less invasive in his technique. I have never been put under and had some nerves, however the staff's service made me feel most supported. Thank you Dr. Clark & team!!!!

- Camilla B

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Dr. Clark and his staff do an exceptional job at making their patients feel welcomed and cared for before, during, and after the surgery. I would highly recommend this oral surgeon.

- Lindsay R

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I am very pleased with the professionalism of Dr. Clark and his staff. I would recommend his care without reservation.

- SERGIO M

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Dr. Clark is the best!

- Timothy C

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Fantastic office! I needed my wisdom teeth removing and as soon as I walked in the office I felt the staff were all so kind and caring. Dr. Clark spent time explaining the procedure and really put my mind at ease by answering all my questions. The surgery went great and they really know how to take care of you, from putting on my favorite music to the nice blankets. Would highly recommend Dr. Clark and his staff.

- Shannon H

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This is a 5 star office, Dr. Clark is amazing. He took the time to really explain the treatment plan and made me very comfortable. The staff is great! All the ladies are friendly, well prepared and made the insurance details smooth and simple. Everyone was eager to help me from the first call to the last visit. In all a great office - wonderful DR and STAFF!

- Grace P

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