Common Questions about Wisdom Teeth Extraction | La Canada

During some point in your life, you may seek help from a dental professional for removal of your third molars, or “wisdom teeth extraction.”

La Canada patients may look to have these wisdom teeth removed as they begin to develop—typically in their late teens or early twenties—or after they have already come in. In either case, the professionals at Lytle, Tate and Stamper can assist with your needs.

At Lytle, Tate and Stamper, doctors working in private practice offer patients the highest level of oral surgery care. We provide services that include dental implants, jaw realignment, and sedation dentistry. La Canada patients work with professionals who specialize in oral and maxillofacial surgery and who are advancing the field through research and practice.

Learn more below about common questions regarding wisdom teeth removal. Then, get in touch with our practice to schedule your initial consultation.

Why do I need wisdom teeth extraction?

La Canada patients have wisdom teeth removed to prevent discomfort, infection, and long-term damage to the other teeth in their mouth. When wisdom teeth develop, they often grow in a way that affects other teeth. As a result, they can emerge at an angle from the gums or remain impacted, growing against the adjacent teeth and tooth roots.

When should I have wisdom teeth removed?

It is better for patients to seek treatment before wisdom teeth have fully grown. A consultation with your dentist can help you decide the right time to consider extraction. This may occur around ages 17 to 25.

There are a few important reasons for early intervention. When wisdom teeth grow, they can create pockets where bits of food and bacteria can collect, leading to disease both within the mouth and through the jaw. They can also push other teeth out of alignment, and they can interfere with orthodontics (i.e. braces).

What is the process for wisdom teeth extraction?

Patients in our La Canada office take part in an initial consultation, during which our staff evaluates their dental and overall health. This is also an important time for collecting information about the state of the wisdom teeth. At its conclusion, doctors recommend a treatment approach, and patients schedule the extraction for a follow-up visit.

Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure, and so our team uses its advanced technology and training to ensure that patients have a safe, comfortable experience. Patients may receive a local anesthetic, anesthesia in combination with light sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on their needs and the doctor’s recommendation. Each of these methods helps patients feel no pain during the procedure. The length of the procedure depends on how many teeth are being removed and the state of these teeth at the time of removal.

Recovery is typically two-to-three days. LTS doctors will advise patients during recovery to help them manage any discomfort and to ensure they have effective, healthy results.

Call or email Lytle, Tate and Stamper to begin planning for your wisdom teeth extraction procedure. Get in contact with them at their office in La Canada.