Wisdom Teeth Extraction – the Procedure and Precautions You Need to Know About
Extracting wisdom teeth is not a complex procedure but can be quite a scary one for the patient. When your dentist is telling you that you to have your wisdom tooth extracted, you need to prepare yourself for this short procedure. You will need two to four days for healing and recovery.
Why Do You Need to Take Them Out?
Wisdom teeth are the third molar located right toward the ends of your mouth. In general, they come out in between 17 to 25 years of age. The doctor will ask for an x-ray to get an idea about the problem of your wisdom teeth.
There can be various reasons for removing wisdom teeth:
- As these teeth are located far back inside the mouth, the often don’t come out normally and get impacted by other factors, like being trapped in your jawbone or gum. This can be a really painful situation for you and that is why your doctor might suggest you to have them removed.
- They might grow in the wrong angle. This way they can be pressing on the tooth beside them, causing excruciating pain for the patient.
- Often the patient might not have extra space for the set of molars which can cause pain when the tooth is trying to grow.
- Wisdom teeth are generally hard to be reached with the toothbrush or dental floss. This might result in cavity or gum disease which can cause pain to the patient and in a situation like these, the teeth will be needed to get extracted.
Things to Do Before the Surgery
When you are coming to Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery, you will get to talk to our professional surgeon in the first place before the surgery. So, during this appointment and before surgery, you need to take care of the following things:
- Inform your dentist or us if you have any prior health conditions. You need to specifically mention if you have a problem related to high blood pressure, diabetes, or a history of heart disease.
- Give a list of the medicines that you take on a regular basis.
- If you have any questions regarding the surgery, now it is the time. Ask it and let our expert clear all your doubts.
- Discuss the anesthesia you will have. Whether it will be local anesthesia that will numb the field of surgery or general that will put you to sleep during the procedure. If you have any allergy with a specific type of anesthesia, say that too.
What to Expect During Surgery
The surgery will take around 45 minutes maximum. You will be numbed with anesthesia or asleep. Hence, you won’t feel any pain.
- You can get the local anesthesia with Novoicaine or Lidocaine which will make your mouth numb. You can also inhale nitrous oxide to feel relaxed.
- You might opt for IV sedation that will help you doze off or sleep during surgery.
- You can choose general anesthesia where you can breathe gas through the mask and fall asleep during the surgery.
Things To Remember After Surgery
- Bring someone with you or arrange a ride home after the surgery. You might feel numb or dizzy after the procedure because of the anesthesia. So you need help with going home.
- Arrange for pet care or child care beforehand.
- Apply icepack at the swollen cheek for relief.
- Drink plenty of fluid.
- Eat soft food like soup, rice, or pasta.
- You can brush your teeth on the second day. Avoid brushing against blood clots.
- Take the medicines and painkillers that we prescribe.
- In case you feel a fever or if the swelling doesn’t go down, get in touch.
For more information or to get your wisdom teeth extracted, call us today at 704-892-9500 to book an appointment.
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