How Wisdom Teeth Extraction Works

Posted on: May 2, 2016

Wisdom Teeth ExtractionWhen patients need wisdom teeth extraction it can be more than slightly intimidating.  According to the University of Washington’s Dental Fears Research Clinic, seventy-five percent of adults have some level of fear over having a dental procedure completed.  Fortunately, we are very experienced at removing teeth and can make sure that the entire process goes smoothly and with as little pain as possible.

All dentists can remove teeth, but only certain dentists are experienced enough to be considered an oral surgeon.  When a tooth has already broken through the surface, it may be able to be pulled like normal.  If it is impacted or still below the surface patients should see an oral surgeon instead of a traditional dentist.

We understand how to make wisdom teeth extraction as painless as possible.  This is extremely important because an inexperienced dentist can take longer to remove the impacted tooth and cause unnecessary swelling and pain.

If your tooth is impacted, the wisdom teeth extraction will typically have this process.

  • Teeth and gums are thoroughly cleaned. It is important to remove any lingering bacteria and plaque from the mouth prior to undergoing oral surgery or any cosmetic procedures.
  • Gum is cut open.  The gum tissue above the wisdom tooth will be cut open and lifted so that we can access the area.
  • Bone.  At times when the gum tissue is opened up, there will be bone above part of the tooth.  This will need to be removed.
  • Wiggle time.  Using a dental tool, we will grasp the tooth and gently move it back and forth to see if it will easily come loose from the bone and ligaments that are holding it in place.
  • Cut it up.  When a tooth is not responding, it may need to be broken or cut up into smaller pieces and removed one at a time.
  • Removal and cleaning.  The tooth will be completely removed, and the area will be cleaned thoroughly in order to prevent any sort of infection.
  • Gum tissue replaced.  The gum tissue will be laid back down, and stitches will be used as needed in order to hold it in place and promote healing.
  • Gauze to stop the bleeding.  We will hold gauze in place to help and stop the bleeding.  Eventually, the body will form a blood clot so that this is no longer needed.

After wisdom teeth extraction takes place, there is a recovery process that is necessary.  It can take a couple of weeks to feel completely normal and during that time frame most patients experience some level of swelling.  Ice packs and pain medication can assist and make patients feel more comfortable.  Patients should eat and drink foods that are soft and cool during this time frame.  Things with extreme temperatures may cause pain, so it is safe to stick with Jello, applesauce, pudding, yogurt and other soft foods.  To learn more or to schedule an appointment call today.

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