You Need an Oral Surgeon for Wisdom Teeth Removal – not Just a Dentist

How do you get the best wisdom teeth removal in San Francisco?

Well, the short answer is that you don’t just go to a general dentist. Some dentists will tell you that they can remove your wisdom teeth, but most will refer you to an oral surgeon because wisdom teeth removal involves surgery.An oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal in SF

OK, it is not major surgery such as brain surgery or a hysterectomy, but it is nonetheless surgery and you need it to be carried out by a qualified surgeon if you want the best wisdom teeth removal in San Francisco.


Because wisdom teeth can cause all sorts of problems. When you have an ordinary tooth removed it is growing straight upwards and removal is a fairly straightforward process for a dentist. Ten minutes – job done! And five of those are for the anesthetic to take effect.

Wisdom teeth are a whole different ball game, because in most instances they don’t grow straight upwards. In fact, if they did, you probably wouldn’t need them removed anyway.


This is because of our ancestry. Thousands of years ago, our wisdom teeth were a necessity because ancient man – and woman – ate all sorts of plants which were tough to chew. They hadn’t discovered meat yet, and they hadn’t discovered cooking either. They had to chew these plants raw, and for that they needed those extra teeth.

Today, we don’t need them, and evolution has seen to it that our jaws have shrunk because we don’t need them, yet still they grow – or try to. They are rather like the appendix in that we no longer have any use for it but still have one. However, while the appendix doesn’t usually cause any problems, the wisdom teeth do because they don’t have any room to grow in most cases.

The result is that they try to force their way through the gums and can cause all sorts of problems because they grow at angles and can push the adjacent teeth out of the way if they are not removed. They can also let bacteria grow around the openings in the gums that they make which causes infections. Worst case scenario: cysts or tumors can grow around the impacted wisdom teeth. Not good.

This is why, for the best wisdom teeth removal in San Francisco, you need the services of a skilled oral surgeon rather than a dentist. Our Dr Rabinovich is a highly qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and can advise you on the best course of action for your wisdom teeth.

He provides all patients with a totally free consult, so if you are having problems with your wisdom teeth, book one today by clicking on the Contact Us link at the top of the page.