Your rear molars, also called wisdom teeth, are the final adult teeth to erupt in your mouth. Wisdom teeth emerge in both the top and bottom jaws between 17 and 25. Unfortunately, many people have insufficient room in their jaws to accommodate wisdom teeth without causing their other teeth to shift. Shifting teeth can cause various problems.
Suppose the problems occur with you, the dentist near you, West Edmonton, will likely recommend surgery for the extraction. Wisdom teeth removal is a relatively standard surgical procedure, and the recovery requires about a week, depending upon your specific case. You may need more time to recover if your wisdom teeth are impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth remain below the gum line and are not visible.
Wisdom teeth extraction requires surgery performed by an oral surgeon. However, the procedure is performed in an outpatient setting, indicating you arrive and leave the surgical center the same day. Therefore, if you receive local anesthesia or sedation, you will likely wake up in the dentist’s chair. However, if you receive general anesthesia, you require more time to wake up. As a result, you may not remember how you got up from the dentist’s chair and proceeded to the recovery room.
Wisdom teeth, your third molars, are the final permanent teeth to emerge in your mouth. Some people may never develop these molars, while others may have them without any problems. If you have developed impacted wisdom teeth because the teeth don’t have sufficient room to emerge in the mouth usually. Impacted wisdom teeth may appear partially or remain below the gum line.
An impacted wisdom tooth may grow at an angle towards the second molar or towards the back of the mouth. If the wisdom tooth is lying within the jawbone, it may grow at a right angle towards the other teeth or grow straight up or down like your other teeth but remain trapped under the gum line.
If you have impacted wisdom teeth, you will likely need the tooth removed because it results in pain, trap food and debris behind it, makes you susceptible to gum disease, and damages the neighboring teeth and surrounding bone. You may also develop a fluid-filled sac around the wisdom tooth and may have complications with orthodontic treatments to straighten your other teeth.
Your dentist recommends you have the wisdom tooth extracted if they are causing you any of the above problems.
After receiving local, sedation, or general anesthesia, your oral surgeon will make incisions in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone. The professional removes bone blocking access to the tooth root and divides the tooth into sections making it easier to remove it in pieces.
After removing the wisdom tooth, the professional cleans the extraction site removing any debris from the tooth bone. Sutures are inserted to promote faster healing. The professional places gauze over the extraction site to control bleeding and help form a blood clot.
During the healing process from your surgery, you must follow your dentist’s instructions.
You can expect some bleeding to occur on the first day after wisdom tooth removal. You must not split vigorously to ensure you don’t dislodge the blood clot. You can replace the gauze over the extraction site as recommended by your oral surgeon or dentist.
You will experience pain after the numbing medication wears off. The dentist provides you with prescriptions if they removed the bone during the procedure. If not, you can manage the pain with over-the-counter painkillers. Holding an ice pack against your cheeks also helps to relieve pain.
Following the procedure, make it a point to drink plenty of water. Do not use alcoholic, caffeinated, or scorching hot beverages during the first 24 hours. Do not use a straw or drinking anything for at least a week because the sucking action dislodges the blood clot.
Stick to a diet of soft foods like yogurt or applesauce on the day of the procedure. You can start eating semisoft foods when you feel you can tolerate them. However, you must avoid hard, spicy, and chewy foods that might remain trapped in the socket and irritate the wound.
You can refrain from brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth on the day of the procedure. However, you can resume brushing and flossing after 24 hours, remembering to be gentle near the surgical site.
You probably will not need another appointment with your dentist after a wisdom tooth extraction if you don’t experience persistent problems like pain, swelling, or other infections. However, if you notice any symptoms, you can contact the dentist in West Edmonton for advice.
If you still have questions related to wisdom tooth extraction, feel free to call us now to book an appointment with our dentist near you at Great Smile Family Dental in Edmonton, AB. We also welcome patients living in Anthony Henday, West Edmonton, Edmiston Industrial, Westmount, Huff Bremner Estate Industrial, Alberta Park Industrial, Jasper Park, Patricia Heights, and in nearby locations.