Many Monrovia patients realize that their teeth come in at different times. Starting when you’re around six months old, your baby teeth start to come in. What many patients don’t realize is that your wisdom teeth, or third molars, may come in anytime from about 18 to 25 years old.
The trouble with wisdom teeth is that most people no longer need them. In fact, they crowd other teeth in your mouth and can lead to problems that are painful and affect how your smile looks.
Some people never get their wisdom teeth. For others, only a few wisdom teeth will come in. An unlucky few will have all four wisdom teeth erupt, although not necessarily at the same time. The symptoms that indicate your wisdom teeth are coming in are:
If you have one or more of the symptoms above, particularly swelling, pain, and bleeding, you should come in for a dental examination. While the problem might be unrelated to your wisdom teeth, it’s better to come in sooner rather than later to avoid the possibility of pain and more extensive treatment.
Every patient that comes into our practice in the Monrovia area will receive digital X-rays to find out how the wisdom teeth are growing. This will influence the approach to your surgery and give Dr. Q a better understanding of your dental anatomy. Before any surgical procedure is performed, Dr. Q will spend time:
All procedures are performed at our office in the Monrovia area, which is equipped with the latest dental technology and designed to provide you with the most comfortable experience possible.
Technically, patients would only need to have local anesthesia to avoid pain during their procedure. However, most Monrovia patients that come to our practice are nervous and prefer additional anesthesia options to relax. We encourage patients to consider two options to help them handle any anxiety or nervousness they have about the procedure:
After discussing your treatment and selecting an option for anesthesia, you will schedule your wisdom tooth removal. On the day of your procedure, Dr. Q will:
Dr. Q recommends that all Monrovia patients arrange for a friend or relative to pick them up after their wisdom tooth removal. This is especially important for patients who decide to have sedation during their procedure.
You will need to take a few days to recover from your wisdom teeth removal. Dr. Q and her staff recommend getting as much rest as possible to speed healing. Other care to relieve the first few days of discomfort include:
Dr. Q will see you for a follow-up exam 3-7 days after the procedure to check that the area has healed and will not cause any future problems.
Painful and swollen wisdom teeth keeping you up at night? Schedule an immediate consultation by calling our office in the Monrovia area at (626) 599-9819.