General Dentistry located in Temple City, CA
It’s said that wisdom comes with age, but unfortunately, wisdom teeth do as well. While often helpful, wisdom teeth can also cause pain and other issues for many individuals. Our team of well-trained and professional dentists, periodontists, and prosthodontists have extensive experience in handling simple and complex care of wisdom teeth. Contact the team online or by phone today to schedule your appointment.
Wisdom Teeth Q & A
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are a set of third molars way in the back of your mouth — two on the top and two on the bottom — that are usually the last teeth to form in your mouth. They often grow in between the ages of 17-21, which is why they’re called wisdom teeth. While they’re helpful with chewing and often present no issues, it’s also quite common for people to experience problems with their wisdom teeth.
What problems can occur with wisdom teeth?
If you’re experiencing pain or other problems with your wisdom teeth, know that this is a quite common problem. Each year, over 10 million Americans have their wisdom teeth removed due to various issues, including:
- Tooth pain
- Bone loss around the roots
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Not enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to grow
Fortunately, effective treatments are available for these common issues. We can determine if wisdom tooth removal is the best course of action for your situation after a consultation.
What can I expect during wisdom tooth extraction?
Wisdom tooth removal is a very common procedure. We will first meet with you and discusses the procedure and answers any questions you may have.
Depending on the type of procedure that you need, you either undergo local anesthesia in your gums or, in some cases, are given medicine that makes you feel very sleepy. Your provider then extracts your wisdom teeth surgically, and the wound is packed with gauze to prevent bleeding.
What can I expect after having my wisdom teeth removed?
While the procedure itself is very safe, you’ll likely experience some symptoms afterward. These may include:
Following the procedure, avoid brushing your teeth for 24 hours. In addition, you may find it helpful to hold a cold compress against your jaw, and many people only eat soft foods immediately afterwards. You may also be prescribed over-the-counter or prescription pain medication to help you feel more comfortable.
To learn more about wisdom tooth removal, call or schedule an appointment online today with one of the experienced dentists on the team.