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Wisdom tooth extraction may sound like a scary procedure, but it’s actually pretty common and even necessary for most people. Most people get their wisdom teeth between the ages of 17 and 25. However, in many cases, wisdom teeth don’t come out properly — it may be angled inwards, it may be trapped inside to jawbone, or there may be other problems with it.

Over time, wisdom teeth can affect the surrounding teeth and gum tissues, leading to pain and discomfort. That’s why wisdom tooth extraction is often necessary. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of wisdom tooth extraction at Sun Ridge Smiles.

Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth Problems

The following symptoms indicate you may have impacted wisdom teeth:

  • Extreme and continued toothache.
  • Formation of plaque and tartar around your wisdom teeth despite brushing and flossing thoroughly.
  • Bacterial decay.
  • Overcrowding of teeth.
  • Formation of cysts around wisdom teeth.
  • Misaligned teeth.

Necessity of Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction may be necessary for these reasons:

  • You don’t have enough room in your jaws for the newly-erupted wisdom teeth which is leading to overcrowding and misalignment. In this case, the wisdom teeth will damage the surrounding teeth unless you remove them.
  • Your wisdom teeth may be growing out at strange and dangerous angles that can lead to gum tissue damage.
  • The wisdom teeth may be stuck inside your jawbone so they’ll need to be removed.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure

Wisdom teeth extraction may be simple or surgical. During your initial consultation, the dentist will examine the condition of your wisdom teeth to determine the right procedure.

During a simple wisdom tooth extraction, the dentist applies local anesthesia and extracts the tooth using forceps.

During a surgical wisdom tooth extraction, the dentist applies anesthesia, creates an incision on the gum tissues above the impacted tooth, removes some of the bone structure, and then removes the impacted wisdom tooth. After the extraction, the dentist sutures up the incision.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction After-Care

After the wisdom tooth extraction, you should follow these care tips:

  • The doctor will apply an antiseptic gauze over the wound to stop the bleeding. Bite down on it to apply pressure for at least 30 minutes to facilitate blood clots.
  • Have a meal and take the prescribed pain medications before the anesthesia wears off so you don’t experience pain and discomfort.
  • Only eat soft and cold food items for a while — nothing that you’ll need to chew on.
  • Drink a lot of liquids and eat regularly for a few days after the treatment.
  • Don’t spit or gargle for at least 24 hours.
  • Don’t brush your teeth for a day after the treatment.
  • After the first 24 hours, start rinsing your mouth with warm salt water for a week.
  • Avoid activities like exercise and lifting for about two days.
  • Place an ice pack on the swollen part of your face.
  • If you experience excessive bleeding, bite down on a tea bag for about 20 minutes.

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 Wisdom Teeth Extraction Q&A

Wisdom tooth extraction will be a completely painless procedure because it will be done under local anesthesia so you don’t feel anything. At most, you’ll feel some discomfort when the dentist probes inside your mouth. If you feel extremely anxious, you can also discuss sedation dentistry options — the dentist will decide if that’s appropriate for you based on your medical history and allergies.

The local anesthesia may last for 8 to 10 hours, depending on the amount of dosage used. As such, you won’t feel any pain for several hours after the procedure and you’ll have the chance to eat your meal and take pain medications.

Wisdom teeth don’t grow out in the same way as other teeth do. If they’re impacted or angled, they have to be surgically removed after sectioning them into pieces. In some cases, the dentist also has to make an incision in the gum tissue so they can access the tooth. In the lower jaw, the dentist also has to consider the wisdom tooth’s root anatomy, which may pose its own set of challenges depending on how it’s growing.

You’ll only get stitches if the dentist had to perform surgical extraction in the case of impacted wisdom teeth. Even if you do get stitches, they’ll dissolve automatically after a few weeks or the dentist will ask you to come back after a few weeks so they can remove the stitches.

Once a tooth is removed, it leaves an empty socket behind. A blood clot forms on this socket to protect the underlying nerves from damage and exposure. However, in some cases, the blood clot comes off, thus exposing the bone and nerve to the external environment, which leads to infection — this situation is called a dry socket.

You generally get dry sockets about three to four days after the extraction. You know you have a dry socket if you experience a sharp pain radiating to your ears and if you can’t alleviate it with pain medication either. Other signs of dry socket include persistent bad breath and an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

You should at least wait three to four hours before resuming your daily activities, especially if they include activities like traveling, gymming, dancing, etc. If you’re a smoker, you should at least avoid it for 48 hours to protect your blood clot from getting dislodged.

The cost of wisdom teeth removal depends on the condition of your wisdom teeth. In some cases, it may be covered by dental insurance. Please discuss the cost of wisdom teeth removal with your dentist.

Schedule your Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Sun Ridge Smiles has some of the country’s finest dentists who can examine your wisdom teeth and remove them using the best and most painless methods. For more information, please schedule your wisdom teeth extraction today.