General dentists refer patients to the oral surgery practice of Lytle, Tate and Stamper for quality procedures, including wisdom teeth removal. La Canada families who work with us benefit from a supportive medical environment, an experienced surgical team, and excellent results.
Lytle, Tate and Stamper offers a variety of oral surgeries, from jaw realignment to traditional dental implants to All-on-4®. Pasadena, La Canada, and Glendale offices of the practice serve patients throughout the San Gabriel Valley and San Fernando Valley.
Learn more about our work in wisdom teeth removal below.
Preparing for the Procedure
Lytle, Tate and Stamper’s staff will begin by consulting with you about wisdom teeth removal. La Canada patients often have a lot of questions about what to expect, whether they are seeking the procedure for themselves or on behalf of their children (wisdom teeth generally appear between ages 17 and 21.)
Our surgeons will provide answers to your questions and offer details about the wisdom tooth removal procedure. We will conduct an examination of the teeth and jaw and potentially take X-rays to get an inside look at the current state of the wisdom teeth: their position, the number of teeth (which can vary), and their stage of development.
Before wisdom teeth removal, La Canada patients have a health examination, and we talk through what to expect with the procedure. We will also discuss your options for sedation. You may receive a local anesthetic, anesthesia in combination with light sedation, or general anesthesia; the choice will depend on your needs and preferences as well as our medical recommendation. In each case, you will be unaware of any pain during the procedure.
Day-of and Recovery
Wisdom teeth removal times vary depending on the development of your teeth and other medical factors. Most of our patients are surprised at how quickly time goes by between the start and end of the procedure.
After your wisdom teeth removal, you may still feel the effects of sedation or general anesthesia. You will need someone to bring you home, and you shouldn’t operate a motorized vehicle for at least 24 hours.
Lytle, Tate and Stamper will provide you all the information you need for a fast recovery. This will include details about your surgical sutures; caring for your mouth as you heal; and managing pain or discomfort.
For example, we will advise you that eating may be difficult for the first day after your procedure. Since it’s important to get the right nutrition, you may benefit from liquids or softer foods, like eggs, potatoes, and pasta. Hot, salty, spicy, or acidic foods are not recommended, and you shouldn’t use a straw because this can disrupt the sites of the surgery. Within two-to-three days, you can begin to introduce more solid foods in your diet.
For more information about what to expect in a wisdom teeth removal, contact our La Canada offices by telephone or email.