Tooth extractions: From baby teeth to wisdom teeth


Oceansight Dental & Implants

Office of Dr. Ali John Jazayeri

106 S Ola Vista

San Clemente, CA 92672

Tel: (949) 481 – 2540

Fax: (949) 481-2544


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Why do teeth need to be removed?

You may have to remove your teeth for orthodontic purposes, dental infection or wisdom tooth impaction

Most of us are born with 28 permanent adult teeth (32 if you count the four wisdom teeth). However, not all of us get to keep all our permanent teeth during our lifetime. Most of us will have to remove one or more permanent teeth at some point or another. There are several different reasons why we lose adult teeth. Here are a few examples of why we lose teeth:

Orthodontic-related tooth extractions

Orthodontic extractions are considered preventive type of tooth extraction. You may have to remove up to four permanent teeth before starting braces treatment. Orthodontists typically remove these adult teeth to create sufficient room for your remaining teeth. This allows them to give you straight teeth, an improved bite and further reduces orthodontic relapse over time.

Wisdom teeth impaction

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are all the teeth located all the way in the back of your mouth. If you have wisdom teeth in your mouth, there is a good chance that there simply is not enough room for these teeth in your mouth. This can cause pain, discomfort and lead to teeth crowding. You need to have your wisdom teeth removed in order to fix this problem.

Infected and broken teeth

Sometimes teeth develop cavities and if left untreated, at some point you can no longer save the tooth. Leaving broken and infected teeth or teeth fragments in your mouth is never a good idea. Broken teeth are almost always infected. This infection can compromises your overall oral health and overall well-being. Dental infection spreads from broken teeth to other teeth and travels through your bloodstreams and sinuses to the rest of your body.

If a bad tooth can’t be saved, you should definitely have it removed it to prevent further complications. Since not all dental infections are painful, you may not even be aware that there is an infection inside of your mouth. This compromises your overall health and can be responsible for unexplained headaches, sinus infections or other digestive and medical conditions you are suffering from. So get those bad teeth out of your mouth today! Give us a call at (949) 481-2540 and come visit us at our San Clemente, CA dental office. Dr. Jazayeri has extensive hospital training and experience removing all sorts of damaged and broken teeth. We also offer sedation “sleep dentistry” for those who are afraid of having their teeth removed. Schedule your appointment today and rid yourself of these infected and harmful teeth.

Untreated gum disease “periodontitis”

The number one cause of tooth loss among the adults is gum disease or periodontitis. Infected gums cause your teeth to lose their supporting bone structure over time. As a result, your teeth become loose and sensitive. If left untreated, eventually all of your teeth become extremely loose and infected. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for patients with severe gum disease to lose multiple teeth, sometimes even all of their remaining teeth! Getting a dental cleanings could make all the difference in the world, so long as you don’t wait too long!

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth can cause lots of pain and discomfort over your lifetime.

Wisdom teeth, or 3rd molars, are those teeth located all the way in the back of your mouth. Now not everyone has wisdom teeth in their mouth. Some lucky individuals are born without any wisdom teeth and never have to worry about them. However, the majority of us are born with four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth. If you have wisdom teeth in your mouth then you should decide whether to keep or remove them. The sooner you decide, the easier it will be to have them removed!

Leaving problematic wisdom teeth in your mouth is never a good idea. Wisdom teeth cause lots of pain and discomfort when they push their way out. The sooner your problematic wisdom teeth, the less you will suffer. Plus, removing wisdom teeth becomes more complicated as you get older. There will be more pain and complications if you remove them as an adult instead of a teenager. The ideal age for removing your 3rd molars is typically late teens to early twenties. If you have questions about your wisdom teeth, be sure to give us a call. Dr. Jazayeri is an expert at removing regular and impacted wisdom teeth. Call us at (949) 481-2540 to schedule your wisdom tooth consultation today.

Which wisdom teeth are considered to be impacted?

Impacted wisdom teeth are trapped under your jaw bone. Some impacted wisdom teeth fail to erupt into their proper position due to lack of space. As a result, they must be removed or they will cause lots of complications. Complications of impacted wisdom tooth include severe pain, swelling, infection, teeth crowding and developing dental cavities on adjacent teeth.

The sooner you remove impacted wisdom teeth, the less pain and discomfort you will experience. Call Oceansight Dental & Implants at (949) 481-2540 to have your wisdom teeth accessed. We are equipped to remove all sorts of wisdom teeth, including impacted wisdom teeth. Plus, we offer oral conscious sedation to put you to sleep during your wisdom tooth surgery. Give us a call today or come to our San Clemente, CA office to learn more.

Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

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    Impacted wisdom teeth are trapped under the jawbone.

Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. It depends on many different factors. For example, if you have enough room to fully accommodate your wisdom teeth in your jaw then you get to keep them. However, most people don’t have enough space to fit their wisdom teeth. If this is the case, then you should remove your wisdom teeth. Here are some complications you could face if you neglect to have your wisdom teeth removed:

Severe pain and discomfort

Wisdom teeth start to push their way out typically starting in your late teens or early twenties. If there isn’t enough room for your wisdom teeth to fit in, they will continue trying to push their way out unsuccessfully. This causes repeated episodes of severe pain, swelling and sometimes infection. The sooner you remove your impacted 3rd molars, the less you will suffer from pain and complications!

Teeth crowding resulting from wisdom teeth

As your wisdom teeth start to push their way out, they cause your other teeth to move as well. If there’s enough room for them then there is nothing to worry about. However, if you don’t have enough room to accommodate your wisdom teeth, this will cause your other teeth to become crooked. Removing your wisdom teeth early on in life helps keep your teeth straight and prevents these types of teeth crowding. This is exactly why your orthodontist typically recommends that your remove your wisdom teeth as soon as you finish your braces treatment!

Medical problems

Impacted wisdom teeth can also cause medical problems such as TMJ pain, headaches or sinus related issues. Removing problematic 3rd molars can relieve the pressure from your joints and sinuses. This could help alleviate some of the symptoms you are experiencing.

Cavities, infections and more!

When wisdom teeth start to erupt they continuously push on the neighboring teeth. If the wisdom tooth is sitting at a bad angle this can create a hole on the adjacent tooth. Eventually, this creates a dental cavity on your 2nd molar. If left untreated, the 2nd molar tooth becomes infected. You could end up losing this 2nd molar in addition to your wisdom tooth as a result of these types of cavities.

Do I need bone graft after tooth extraction?


Bone grafting assists your body in healing better and preserving the socket after tooth extraction

We usually recommend placing bone grafts after most tooth extraction surgeries. Bone grafts are especially useful for wisdom teeth extractions or if you’re planning on placing a dental implant in the future. Once a tooth is removed you are left with a huge, empty socket. This so called extraction socket needs to fill up with bone tissue in order to properly heal. Bone grafting assists your body during this post-extraction healing process. Here are some benefits of placing a bone graft following your tooth extraction:

More predictable surgery site healing

Adding bone graft after tooth extraction significantly helps improve the healing process. You’re left with a large hole in your mouth when a tooth is removed. Placing a bone graft into this hole assists your body in healing more predictability. The bone graft creates a scaffold for better infiltration of blood cells. This causes you tooth extraction socket to heal better and more rapidly. The end result is quicker healing times and better bone growth within the extraction site.

Reduced complications

Placing a bone graft helps reduce chances of infection and poor healing. Bone grafts are especially useful in reducing the likelihood of developing dry sockets. A dry socket occurs whenever your body fails to rapidly deposit bone particles into the tooth extraction site. Dry sockets are very painful and typically take several weeks to resolve. Adding bone graft aids your body in developing more bone particles and significantly reduce the chances of developing a painful dry socket.

Better jaw bone preservation

We highly recommended to add a bone graft if you’re planning on replacing your bad tooth with a dental implant in the near future. Bone grafting preserves your tooth extraction socket to provide more natural jaw bone for future implant placement. Luckily, bone grafts are very safe, easy and affordable. We use a wide variety of synthetic and animal-derived bone grafting to fix all types of bony defects and deficiencies.

Without a bone graft, your jaw bone might collapse and you might not be a good candidate for implant placement. You now have to perform an extensive bone augmentation procedure instead or even settle for a bridge or denture instead! Give us a call to learn more about the benefits of receiving a bone graft after tooth extraction. You can reach us at (949) 481-2540 to schedule your appointment today. Dr. Jazayeri will be glad to go over bone grafting procedure and help you determine if it is necessary for you. Come to our San Clemente dental office and we will explain to your what it the best course of treatment for your mouth.

Tooth extraction and wisdom tooth removal in San Clemente, Orange County

We offer all phases of teeth extraction, including impacted wisdom teeth. same day tooth extraction and sedation “sleep” dentistry

If you reside in Orange County and are in need of a tooth extraction, we can help you. We offer all phases of teeth extraction, including same day tooth removal, impacted wisdom teeth extraction, bone grafting, dental implant placement and even sleep dentistry. Call us today at (949)481-2540 or book your appointment online to get started. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will review everything you need to know before removing your bad tooth. Plus, with our sedation “sleep” dentistry option at our San Clemente dental office, even those who are afraid of the dentist can get through their appointment without a problem. So stop suffering from toothaches and give us a call to get started today! You will be surprised at how easy it is to fix your bad teeth and get your beautiful smile back.

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Definition of General Dentistry Terminology

Abscess (cyst)

A pus pocket containing harmful bacteria that forms around infected teeth. Teeth with abscess are considered infected and they either need root canal treatment or must be extracted.

Amalgam (silver filling)

Material used to fill dental cavities. Amalgam is silver colored and contains Mercury. As a filling material, Amalgam is durable and effective. However, there are some concerns about the safety of using Mercury to restore teeth.

Bicuspid tooth

Refer to premolar tooth please.

Canine tooth (cuspid or eye tooth)

A strong, pointed tooth with a single cusp used to direct other teeth as we chew side-to-side. Canine teeth are very strong and typically outlast all other teeth as we age. We have 4 total canines, teeth numbers: 6, 11, 22 and 27.

Cavity (decay)

A hole inside a tooth created by harmful cavity bugs. Dental cavities can cause slight tooth sensitivity, particularly to cold and sweets. They can also be asymptomatic. If left untreated, dental cavities infiltrate the tooth pulp and cause abscess and infection.

Composite resin (white filling)

Material used to fill dental cavities and broken teeth. Composite resin is safe, effective and matches your tooth color. Cosmetic dentists prefer using composite resins to other filling restoration material due to their natural appearance.

Crown (cap)

A large restoration that replaces the majority of your tooth structure above the gum line. Crowns are used to fix teeth which can no longer be salvaged with a simple filling. Crowns are typically made from gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramic material.


Refer to cavity please.

Deep cleaning (scaling & root planning)

A type of dental cleaning which focuses on removing plaque and tartar underneath your gum line. Deep cleanings are used to treat gum disease. Most deep cleanings are performed in multiple sessions and often times require anesthesia.

Dental cleaning

Teeth cleaning performed by your dentist or hygienist. Dental cleaning focuses on removing plaque and tartar which can’t be removed by brushing or flossing alone. Dental cleanings are categorized as simple cleaning or deep cleaning.


The middle portion of your tooth which is located above the pulp and underneath the enamel. Unlike enamel, dentin has nerve endings which makes it sensitive to tooth decay.


Removable, false teeth used to replace your missing natural teeth. Dentures are made from pink and white acrylic. The pink portion secures your dentures in place and the white segment replaces your missing teeth. There are many different types of dentures including full dentures and partial dentures.


The very hard outer portion of your tooth. In fact, enamel is the hardest tissue found in our bodies. Enamel protects your tooth from cavities and provides it with the strength to cut and chew food.


Material used by dentists to replace missing tooth structure. Fillings are used to fix dental cavities and broken teeth. Fillings are made from gold (mostly obsolete), Amalgam (silver filling) or composite resin (white filling).

Full Denture (Complete denture)

A set of false teeth which replaces all of your teeth in one arch. Full dentures are held in place by the suction they provide against your gum tissue. Full dentures are typically made from pink and white acrylic.


The earlier stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is characterized by bleeding gums, bad breath and minor tooth sensitivity. If left untreated, gingivitis progresses to the more advanced stage of gum disease known as periodontitis.

Gum Disease (Periodontal disease)

Disease of the gums and jaw bone. Gum disease is caused by spread of harmful bacteria to your gum and jaw bone. Gum disease causes bleeding gums, bone loss and tooth loss. Gum disease is categorized as gingivitis and periodontitis.

Impacted Tooth

A tooth which is trapped underneath your jaw bone. Impacted tooth typically refers to wisdom teeth, although other teeth can also be impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth usually need to be removed. Other impacted teeth need to be removed, monitored or uprighted by your orthodontist.

Incisor tooth

The front most four teeth in your upper and lower jaw. Incisor teeth are used to cut food particles. We have 8 total incisors, teeth numbers: 7, 8, 9, 10, 23, 24, 25 and 26.


Spread of harmful bacteria into your tooth nerve. Once cavity bugs reach your tooth nerve, the tooth is now infected. Infected teeth can only be fixed with a root canal or you must remove the tooth completely.


A type of crown which is a hybrid between fillings and crowns. Inlays are essentially conservative crowns which protect teeth similar to a crown but are conservative similar to a filling. Inlays are smaller than onlays and do not encompass your outer tooth walls.

Molar tooth

Teeth located in the back of our mouth which have four cusps. Molar teeth are large and used to crush food particles. We have 8 total molars, teeth numbers: 2, 3, 14, 15, 18, 19, 30 and 31. Additionally, some of us have 3rd molars or wisdom teeth which are teeth numbers: 1, 16, 17 and 32.


Refer to pulp please.

Night guard

A device worn at nights to protect your teeth against grinding. Night guards help reduce tooth fracture, TMJ pain and headaches. There are two types of night guards, generic night guards which you purchase online or from a local pharmacy and custom night guards which your dentist makes for you.


A type of crown which is a hybrid between fillings and crowns. Onlays are essentially conservative crowns which protect teeth similar to a crown but are conservative similar to a filling. Onlays are larger than inlays and encompass at least one or more of your outer tooth walls.

Partial Denture

A set of false teeth which replaces some, but not all, of your missing teeth. Partial dentures are held in place by anchoring to your remaining teeth as well as suction against your gum tissue. Partial dentures can be made from different material including metals, acrylic and flexible resin.

Periodontal disease

Refer to gum disease please.


The more advanced stage of gum disease. Periodontitis is characterized by bone loss, major tooth sensitivity and loose teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis causes your teeth to loosen and fall out. Plus, the resulting infection can spread to the rest of your body and affect your overall health.

Premolar tooth (bicsupid)

Transitional teeth between our front and molar teeth. Premolars have two cusps and are used to crush food particles. They are also the teeth most commonly removed for braces treatment. We have 8 total bisupids, teeth numbers: 4, 5, 12, 13, 20, 21, 28 and 29.

Pulp (nerve)

The innermost tooth layer which lies underneath your dentin. Your tooth pulp contains nerves and blood vessels. When your tooth pulp becomes damaged this results in a toothache. Once this happens, you require a root canal treatment or must remove the tooth.


Pulpotomy is the equivalent of a baby root canal. It entails removing the nerve structure from infected baby teeth. Performing a pulpotomy eliminates toothache while allowing your child to keep the tooth itself in order to prevent potential orthodontic complications.

Root canal treatment

A procedure to remove infected tooth nerve to eliminate pain and infection. During root canal treatment your dentist will disinfect your tooth and replace the missing nerve with sterile material known as Gutta Percha. Root canal treatment eliminates pain and infection and allows you to keep the tooth.

Scaling & root planning

Refer to deep cleaning please.


A preventive treatment used to protect children’s teeth. Dental sealants are placed on teeth with deep groves, typically molars, to protect them against tooth decay and infection. Sealants are very effective and safe and do not require any tooth structure removal.


Techniques used to calm patients with anxiety during dental treatment. There are many different sedation techniques in dentistry such as Nitrous Oxide, oral conscious sedation, IV sedation and general anesthesia.

Silver filling

Refer to Amalgam please.

Simple cleaning

A dental cleaning performed in absence of gum disease. Simple cleanings typically entail basic tooth scraping and polishing, occasionally with Fluoride treatment. Most people require a simple cleaning once every 6 months, although if you’re suffering from gum disease you need one every 3 to 4 months.

Third molar

Refer to wisdom tooth please.

White filling

Refer to composite resin please.

Wisdom tooth (third molar)

Tooth which is located all the way in the back of your mouth. Wisdom teeth start erupting in your late teens or twenties. Not everyone has wisdom teeth. For those that do, there’s a high probability that you have to remove these teeth. Otherwise, they will cause pain, swelling and infection.

Oceansight Dental & Implants

General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Office of Ali John Jazayeri

106 S Ola Vista

San Clemente, CA 92672

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