If you are experiencing pain and suspect that your wisdom teeth are to blame, it’s important to see the dentist right away for an examination and imaging.
If your doctor or dentist has recommended that your wisdom teeth be removed, there is probably a good reason. They may be impacted or there just may not be enough room for them to emerge properly. Wisdom teeth don’t always need to be removed but commonly have issues surrounding their emergence.
What is Involved in Having Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
The removal of wisdom teeth is a common surgical procedure; if you are scheduled for an extraction or considering your options, the process involves the following:
Before your appointment – Be sure to have transportation to and from the dental office since you will still be under the effects of sedation or anesthesia. You will also be asked to fast before the surgery.
Sedation – Anxiety and fear are commonly experienced in association with wisdom teeth extraction. Sedation will relax you during the procedure. Nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and oral sedation are all methods that can be used during wisdom teeth removal.
The Procedure - To remove the wisdom tooth, the dentist first removes any bone that is impacting the tooth and then remove the tooth itself. After the tooth is extracted, you may need stitches. A cotton gauze pad placed over the wound helps stop the bleeding.
What Can I Expect after Surgery?
You will experience some swelling and redness for up to 48 hours. An icepack is recommended to reduce swelling and any pain you may be feeling. Complete recovery can take anywhere from two weeks to a month.
It is important to keep the surgical area clean for proper recovery. Rinse several times a day with salt water and avoid the use of tobacco products.
Choose soft, cool or slightly warmed foods such as chilled soups and mashed vegetables and refrain from consuming crunchy, sticky, or hot foods.
If you suspect your symptoms are related to emerging wisdom teeth, our dentist can help. Call Dr. Beigi to schedule your appointment today. Plainville Dental Care provides gentle wisdom teeth removal in Plainville, MA