Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are molars, the teeth toward the back of your mouth, that usually grow in between the ages of 18 and 21. They are supposed to grow in aligned with the rest of your teeth. Sometimes they don’t grow in properly, causing pain and alignment problems in your mouth. Extracting problem wisdom teeth can ease your problems and prevent further pain.
Why would I need a wisdom tooth removal or extraction?
Overcrowding and pain caused by poorly growing wisdom teeth can interfere with daily life. They can also fail to grow to completion. It can lead to pain, infection, swelling and even abscesses. The gums around the wisdom teeth can also sustain damage.
Get a professional assessment to find out if extraction might be the best way to heal your pain. Extraction can ease pressure and pain in the area, prevent overcrowding, and help stop the spread of any associated infection.
What happens during the procedure?
Immediately before your wisdom teeth removal, you are given a local anesthetic to numb the area around your wisdom teeth. Some patients prefer sedation dentistry. When sedated, you are more deeply relaxed and will be unable to recall the procedure.
Once you are anesthetized, your dentist will open your gums around your wisdom teeth and carefully extract them. When the teeth are successfully removed, your dentist will stitch the area to heal quickly and easily. A gauze pad will be placed over the area to absorb any blood.
What aftercare will I need?
The recovery period after a wisdom tooth extraction is usually a few days. You can treat any pain or tenderness using over-the-counter remedies. You may also find it useful to:
- Use an ice pack on your cheeks
- Change your gauze pad regularly
- Rest and relax for a day or two
- Stick to soft foods and keep beverages warm rather than hot
- Avoid rubbing or touching the area
- After the first day, using a gentle salt water wash
If you choose to undergo sedation dentistry, you will receive enough sedative to allow you sleep through your procedure. When you awaken, your dental work will be finished. Because sedation is strong, you will need to arrange transportation to and from your appointment. Your dentist will talk with you in full about the benefits and risks of sedation dentistry. Most patients enjoy the pain-free experience of sedation and have amazing success in recovery.