What to Expect with a Wisdom Teeth Removal
When your wisdom teeth begin to grow, there is usually not enough room in your mouth to house these extra teeth. This can lead to the tooth growing in at an angle and causing pain, infection, damage to other teeth and more.
It is important to maintain regular dental visits so your dentist can watch for any signs of trouble. You should also tell your dentist if you begin to feel pain in the area where wisdom teeth normally come in. If your dentist suggests having your wisdom teeth removed it is for a good reason.
Procedure for Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Step 1: Anesthesia
Your dentist will give you either a local anesthesia or general anesthesia to numb the pain. A general anesthesia may be used if you are having multiple wisdom teeth pulled.
Step 2: Removal
To remove your wisdom teeth, the dentist will open the gum tissue that is covering the tooth. From there, they will remove any bone that may be blocking the tooth. Your dentist will then remove the tooth itself. Sometimes, they may need to cut the tooth into sections to make it easier to remove.
Step 3: Cleaning
When the tooth is removed, the dentist will clean the area, and, in some cases, you may receive stitches to help the wound heal. Gauze is then placed over the wound to stop any bleeding.
Step 4: Recovery
It is important to follow the dentist’s instructions on what to do after your procedure. They will likely tell you things such as:
• For the first 24 hours after your surgery, you should only drink water and eat soft foods
• Use an ice pack to reduce swelling and bruising around your mouth and cheeks
• Do not rinse out your mouth, brush your teeth or use mouthwash for 24 hours after your procedure
• After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with salt water every couple of hours and resume brushing, but be gentle near the wound
Removal of wisdom teeth is a very common procedure; in fact, 85% of individuals get their wisdom teeth pulled. When you are done with your procedure be sure to rest and do exactly as your dentist instructs. They will be able to tell you how long the healing process will take.