There are times when teeth need to be extracted due to the placement of the tooth in the jawbone, before orthodontic procedures, or if the tooth has been damaged beyond repair. For example, if a tooth can’t be treated with fillings, crowns, or root canal therapy, then extraction might be recommended.
The goal is to maintain the natural teeth whenever possible. But, there are instances when it is best to extract the tooth for optimal dental results. Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure offered here in our dental clinic. You can rest assured to know that you are in good hands when you choose our team for wisdom teeth extraction.
Comfort During and After the Extraction
When you arrive at our office and settle into the dental chair, we will begin by using nitrous oxide for sedation. This treatment ensures that you are comfortable during the wisdom tooth removal. We strive to offer the best services and treatments to optimize your experience every time you visit our office. Not only do we offer sedation, but we use the latest dental methods in the industry to minimize your bleeding and discomfort.
After you are relaxed from the sedation, the dentist uses special instruments to loosen the tissue around the wisdom teeth. Then, the teeth can be removed from your mouth. Depending on the size and placement of the wisdom teeth, there are times when it is necessary to remove the teeth in sections because of the impacted positioning. It is common for two or four wisdom teeth to be removed in the same appointment.
Sometimes, small stitches are used to close the surgical site. After the extraction, you will need to bite on gauze to promote clotting so that the wounds will heal. Recovery can be uncomfortable, which is why it is essential to follow the doctor’s orders for wound care and pain management.
Healing After Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Take it easy for a few days after the extraction so that you have time to heal from the surgery. It is best to have someone take you to the appointment and bring you home after the procedure. Here are a few tips to care for your wounds during the healing period:
- Dry Socket Prevention: One potential problem after the surgery is when the clot comes out of the extraction site, which results in extreme pain since the nerves and bones are exposed. Prevent dry socket by avoiding a straw for about two weeks. Also, be careful about vigorous rinsing or cleaning the wounds during this time.
- Ice to Help the Swelling: Some people swell up like chipmunks because of the inflammation around the extraction area. Apply ice packs to keep the swelling down.
- Pain Relief: Over the counter pain medication can be used, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- Eat Soft Foods: You won’t be able to grab a burger on the way home or chew down on your favorite potato chips. Stick with soft foods for a few days to allow your mouth to heal.