When it comes to wisdom teeth removal, Glendale patients are often familiar with the purpose of the procedure, but they may require more details about what to expect. Here, Lytle, Tate and Stamper offers an overview of the process.
Lytle, Tate and Stamper is an established oral surgery practice serving families throughout the San Gabriel Valley and San Fernando Valley. With our work in oral and maxillofacial procedures, including wisdom teeth removal, La Canada, Glendale, and Pasadena patients benefit from better smiles and better oral health.
You may be used to seeing your general dentist for a check-up and cavities. While general dentists can also perform simple tooth extractions, wisdom teeth can be more complex. That’s why we often receive referrals for wisdom teeth removal. Glendale dentists recognize that our advanced oral surgery training and our sedation techniques are often a better option for patients.
When you visit our offices, we will take the time to answer your questions about the procedure; we want you to feel comfortable and confident in the process. As part of your appointment, we will examine your mouth and, potentially, take X-rays. This lets us see the position and state of the wisdom teeth. It also tells us whether you have four wisdom teeth, more, or fewer (it can vary person to person.) This examination lets us put together a treatment plan to suit your needs.
If your wisdom teeth are ready for extraction, we’ll discuss your health history and potentially provide a physical exam to make sure that you are a good candidate for the surgery. Then, we’ll set a date for the procedure.
Before a wisdom teeth removal, Glendale patients will receive instructions about what to expect and what to do before and after. For example, we will ask that minors be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or have written consent for wisdom teeth removal.
Our surgeons will also establish whether the surgery will include general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. If so, we will advise patients not to eat or drink anything for a full six hours beforehand and to have someone available to drive them home.
Surgery and Post-Surgery
Wisdom teeth removal time varies depending on the patient. If you have fewer wisdom teeth than the average or if your teeth are less impacted, your procedure may take less time. Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how quickly surgery is over.
If you have had general anesthesia, you may feel its effects for several hours, and so we advise against driving a vehicle for at least 24 hours afterwards. Since your surgeon may use stiches in the areas of the surgery, we’ll also send you home with information about how to care for your mouth after wisdom teeth removal. Our experience, expertise, and care helps Glendale patients have a speedy and healthy recovery.
For more information about the procedure, we encourage you to contact Lytle, Tate and Stamper by telephone or email at their Glendale office.