Wisdom Teeth Extractions

WHAT ARE WISDOM TEETH?

Located In the far back corners of your mouth, on the top and bottom, there are four permanent adult teeth. Sometimes, as they come in through the gums, there is not enough room in the mouth to allow for growth of other teeth, and in turn, may cause damage and inflammation in the gums and towards the other teeth.

Examination by the Dentist will provide beneficial for recommendation on whether an extraction is needed. Good oral dental health is important for extraction, if infected, antibiotics will be prescribed and will be taken as directed for an easier healing process.

WHY DO WISDOM TEETH NEED TO BE EXTRACTED?

Extraction is used to prevent or correct a dental problem, sometimes when the wisdom teeth grow in they leave no room for other teeth that are needed, or they grow in at an angle, causing damage to the gums, jaw bone and other teeth.

Extraction of Wisdom teeth can usually be done at the dentist’s office, however, there are times when the procedure would need to be done at a hospital.

Anesthetic is given at the dentist office for pain. There are two types of Anesthetic that is used for the procedure:

  • Local Anesthetic: A substance is applied on the gums surrounding the area, and then a local injection is given so that you feel no pain, you will however, feel pressure and movement.
  • IV Sedation: An IV is placed and the medication is administered through the tube. You will fall "asleep" and have no memories of the procedure and feel no pain or pressure.

WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTION PREPARATION AND PROCEDURE

The night before the surgery from midnight on, there is to be no ingestion of food or drinks. This allows the medication for pain to be proficient.

In order to extract the wisdom teeth, your dentist or surgeon will first open up the gum tissue and remove the tooth and amy bone particles that may be covering the tooth in the gum, this treatment would be allotted if the wisdom teeth have not yet protruded through the gums… if the wisdom teeth have reached growth beyond the gum, the dentist will then open up the area needed to removed the tooth, and stitch the area closed. Stitches are needed to close the area to eliminate

germs and food particles that could cause infection while in the healing process. Some stitches are dissolvable, your dentist will let you know which ones he has used.


WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER EXTRACTION

Recovery period and process will vary but generally last only a few days. Your dentist will prescribe pain medication for you to use the first 24 hours or as needed for pain.

  • You will be directed to bite down on gauze that will be placed on affected area. Change gauze pads as needed, bleeding should stop within 24 hours. If bleeding continues beyond that, contact our office immediately.
  • Do not lie flat, elevate your head with pillows to help with the decrease of bleeding as well as pain. Relax, physical activity increases the blood flow.
  • If pain persists, alternating between an ice pack and moist heat will help alleviate the pain. Allot a time of 15/20 minutes at a time, usually only need if pain with in the first 24 hours.
  • Eat only soft foods for the first 24 hours, such as pudding, jello, or soup/broth. Gradually add solids as healing continues. NO sucking through a straw, the sucking motion will lossed the blood clot and cause immense pain and delays the healing process.
  • Rinse mouth with warm salt water several times a day for the first few days. Mix 1 tsp. Salt with 8 oz of water. Do NOT rinse hard.
  • NO smoking for 24 hours after the procedure. Smoking decreases the blood supply and allows for germs and contaminants to enter the site.

BENEFITS OF WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION

Extracting wisdom teeth allows expansion within the mouth for other teeth to grow.

Sometimes the jaw bone is not large enough for the wisdom tooth to break through the gum, causing an infection as the teeth may be break as they come through the gums, leaving a portion of the gum tissue which leads to food and germs trapped and causing red, swollen and painful gum infection.

RISKS OF WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION

It is rare, however there are a few risks that need to be acknowledged, as with any surgery, the risk for pain and swelling are likely.

  • Severe pain and swelling in gums and tooth socket area. Dry socket occurs if the protective clot is lost too soon.
  • Continuous bleeding after 24 hours
  • Pain or difficulty opening of the jaw
  • Slow healing

If you experience any of these symptoms, please call our office immediately.

Contact Us Immediately

Send us a message to request a consultation.

Why Choose Us

  • Comfortable, State-Of-The-Art Office.
  • We Provide The Newest And Most Advanced Dental Technology To Take Care Of The Dental Needs For Your Whole Family.
  • Dental Care with Compassion and Integrity
  • Available On Saturday.