Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure for teenagers and adults that can prevent pain and help protect your teeth and oral health. And usually, it only takes a few days to recover and get back to your routine.

Wisdom teeth need regular exams, professional cleaning, and periodic x-rays because they do not always cause symptoms. So, getting your wisdom teeth evaluated can detect potential issues and prevent problems. Whether you need your wisdom teeth evaluated or removed, we make it comfortable for you at In Motion Dentists in La Verne, California.


What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last four permanent teeth to erupt. Healthy wisdom teeth, or third molars, fully erupt on each side of your upper and lower jaw, behind your second molar teeth. Wisdom teeth start growing between ages 17 and 25 but can take years to completely emerge through your gums—if they erupt at all.

But most jaws are too small for another set of teeth, so often, wisdom teeth cannot develop correctly or erupt completely. So, the need for wisdom teeth removal is common. Lack of space in your jaw can cause wisdom teeth to grow in a variety of positions:

  • On their side
  • At an angle
  • Trapped in the bone
  • Trapped beneath the gums

If your wisdom teeth do not develop or emerge correctly, they can damage your gums and other teeth. So, after your evaluation, our dentists may recommend wisdom teeth removal—a common procedure to keep your gums and teeth healthy.


Why Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

You should get your wisdom teeth removed because getting treatment now will help you solve or avoid issues like these:

  • Pain and sensitivity around the impacted teeth – The tissue surrounding trapped teeth can become irritated and painful.
  • Infection in and around the gums – Brushing and flossing become challenging, and infection often results.
  • Damage to adjacent teeth – Sideways or angled wisdom teeth can push other teeth out of alignment.
  • Cysts around the jawbone – Sacs can form around impacted teeth, fill with fluid, and form cysts.

How Wisdom Teeth Removal Works

Before your oral surgery, you will have a consultation a dentist on our team, who will complete these steps:

  • Examine and x-ray your teeth and explain why we recommend wisdom teeth removal
  • Explain how we will ensure your comfort during the procedure with local anesthesia and sedation options, including oral or IV sedation
  • Explain what you can expect during and after wisdom teeth removal
  • Give you instructions to prepare for oral surgery and recovery at home

Before

Our dentists will personalize your treatment plan based on the position of your wisdom teeth and roots and whether the teeth are erupted or impacted. We will explain your treatment plan and what you can expect during surgery.

Because of the sedation used during wisdom teeth removal, you will not be able to drive home after the surgery. Whether you are a patient local to La Verne or are visiting us from Los Angeles County and Orange County, you will need to have someone available to drop you off and then pick you up from In Motion Dentists. Please make these arrangements well before the day of your wisdom teeth appointment.

During

Your dentist will use digital technology and surgical equipment to monitor your procedure and perform precise wisdom teeth removal. We will check with you regularly to ensure you remain comfortable and relaxed.

After

We will take you to a recovery area briefly to monitor you according to our safety protocols when surgery is complete. Before releasing you, we will give you post-operative instructions and review them with the person taking you home.

Recovering at home

Many patients take ibuprofen for discomfort, but your dentist will prescribe medication to take as needed. Also, we may give you an antibiotic prescription to help with the infection. Swelling should decrease within 48 hours, and your recovery should be progressive.

We want you to have a steady, comfortable recovery from wisdom teeth removal. So don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns.


Whether you need wisdom teeth removal or an evaluation, In Motion Dentists in La Verne, California, will ensure you receive comfortable, high-quality care. Call us or request a consultation today at (626) 594-0374.