Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to erupt and are referred to as the third molar. The arrival time varies widely on the person, but they should start to become visible on X-Rays around the age of 18. At that point, your other teeth are already set into place and don’t take kindly to new teeth crowding their space. Wisdom teeth have a tendency to grow incorrectly, and it’s not uncommon for the x-ray to show a wisdom tooth growing in completely sideways in your jaw. If allowed to grow untreated, they can damage your back molars or not fully erupt above the gum line, which can cause an infection. Most dentists agree that it’s best to remove wisdom teeth before they have the opportunity to potentially wreak so much havoc on your oral health. The longer one waits to remove their wisdom teeth, the more difficult it is to remove them because the jaw hardens with age, resulting in a more complicated surgery that may require a specialist to perform.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
Before the surgery begins, Dr. Cutting will give you a local anesthetic around the area where the tooth will be removed. If you are having all of your wisdom teeth removed at the same time we may use a general anesthetic to put you to sleep for the entire procedure. You won’t feel any pain, and Dr. Cutting will ensure you are comfortable during the entire procedure.
To begin the surgery, Dr. Cutting will open up the gum over the tooth and remove any bone that might be covering the tooth. Next, any tissue connecting the tooth to your gums or bone will be separated. Next, the tooth will be removed! Sometimes, the tooth will need to be cut into smaller pieces to make the removal easier. Once the tooth is fully removed, Dr. Cutting will close up the area and may use stitches to speed up the healing.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Aftercare
For most people, the recovery time after a wisdom tooth extraction is only a couple of days. Dr. Cutting will prescribe you painkillers to help with the pain. As long as you adhere to Dr. Cutting’s aftercare instructions you can expect a speedy and full recovery without any side-effects. You should stay relaxed after your surgery because physical activity may increase bleeding. You can place an ice pack outside of your cheek to help with the pain as well. You will want to avoid eating any hard or chewy foods and stick to soft foods like pudding or soup until the gums are healed. Try to avoid touching the area with your tongue and brush very carefully.