Wisdom Teeth Extraction
To begin the procedure an oral surgeon will typically use a local, sedation or general anesthesia to help you relax. Deciding what type of anesthesia to use is based mainly on the complexity of your situation. The surgeon will then begin the process of extraction using different methods depending on how difficult the tooth or teeth are to remove. Many times, it only requires a small incision to gain access to the tooth and complete the removal process. Once the tooth is removed, the area is cleaned and gauze is used to control any bleeding.
It is very normal to experience small amounts of bleeding, pain, and swelling after wisdom teeth extraction and a part of the normal healing process. However, if you experience constant bleeding, fever or symptoms that get worse after a few days, it is very important you contact your oral surgeon immediately for help.
Things You Should Know About Wisdom Teeth Removal
How They Are Found And Why They Need Removal
Wisdom teeth that are healthy and properly positioned can be a valuable asset to the mouth. Unfortunately, this is often not the case, and problems develop that require their removal. For example, when the jaw is not large enough to accommodate these teeth, they can become impacted-unable to come in or move to their proper place. They may grow sideways, emerge only part way from the gum, or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. After examining your mouth and taking x-rays, Dr. Farole will discuss the extraction process with you.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Extraction of wisdom teeth can protect the overall health of the mouth. It is generally recommended when the following conditions occur:
- Wisdom teeth only partially erupt. This leaves an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause infection. Pain, Swelling, Jaw stiffness and general illness can result.
- Impacted wisdom teeth may continue growing without enough room, damaging adjacent teeth. This continued pressure can eventually dismantle the healthy second molar tooth.
- A fluid-filled sac ( cyst) or tumor forms, getting rid of surrounding structures such as bone or tooth-roots.
What to Expect From the Procedure
Before surgery, Dr. Farole will explain what to expect, have you sign a consent form and give you personalized instructions to follow. Keep in mind these are general items to help your surgery go smoothly. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, no jewelry or contacts and arrange to have someone be with you after surgery. Extractions, which can be performed under local or general anesthesia (sedation), may cause some swelling and discomfort. Cold compresses can help decrease the swelling and medication prescribed by Dr. Farole can help decrease any pain that might occur. You will be instructed to be on a soft food diet following the extractions.