Dental Surgery

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Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, problems develop that require their removal. Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties.

 

When the jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted (unable to come in or misaligned). Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way from the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

 

Our dental surgeon will examine your mouth and corresponding x-rays to determine if your teeth are impacted or will not grow in properly.

Impacted wisdom tooth

These third molars are the last teeth to develop. Wisdom teeth. are a third set of molars in the back of your mouth. They usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25, and they’re spotted on X-rays. Most people have them removed for one of these reasons:

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They’re impacted

Because they’re so far back in your mouth. Wisdom teeth may not come in normally. They can be trapped in your jawbone or gums, which can be painful.

They come in at the wrong angle

They may press against your other teeth.

Your mouth isn’t big enough

Your jaw has no room for an extra set of molars causing crowding of teeth.

You have cavities or gum disease

You may not be able to reach your wisdom teeth with your toothbrush. or dental floss.

Procedure for Dental Surgery

During Dental Surgery

 Your surgery should take 45 minutes or less.

You’ll get one of these types of anesthesia so you don’t feel pain during the removal:

Local

Your doctor will numb your mouth with a shot of Epinephrine in your gums. It will take effect after few minutes.

IV sedation

The surgeon will numb your mouth and also give you drugs through a vein in your arm to make you drowsy. You might sleep during the whole procedure.

Teeth Removal

Your doctor may have to cut your gums or bone to get the teeth out. If so, he’ll stitch the wounds shut so they heal quickly. These stitches usually dissolve after a few days or you may have to come back after a week for the suture removal. He may also stuff gauze pads in your mouth to soak up some of the blood.

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After Dental Surgery

Everyone responds differently to anesthesia. If you had a local anesthetic and feel alert, you might be able to drive home to begin your recovery. You might even be able to go back to work or do your normal activities. Most people have little to no pain after surgery. You’ll likely have swelling and mild discomfort for 3 or so days. Your mouth may need a few weeks to completely heal.

Follow your doctor’s instructions for a quicker recovery. Here are some tips for the first 3 days after surgery:

DOs:

Use an ice pack on your face to curb swelling or skin color changes

Use moist heat for a sore jaw

Gently open and close your mouth to exercise your jaw

Eat soft foods like pasta, rice, or soup

Drink plenty of fluids

Brush your teeth starting the second day. Don’t brush against any blood clots

Take the drugs your doctor prescribes to ease pain or swelling

Call your doctor if you have a fever, or if your pain or swelling doesn’t improve

DON’Ts:

Don’t drink through a straw. Sucking may loosen blood clots that help your mouth heal

Don’t rinse your mouth too harshly. Your doctor may suggest rinsing gently with saltwater

Avoid strenous activities

Don’t eat hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that may scratch your wounds

Don’t smoke. Smoking can slow your healing

What You Need To Know About Dental Surgery

Extraction of wisdom teeth is generally recommended when:

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Wisdom teeth only partially erupt

This leaves an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection. Pain, swelling, jaw stiffness and general illness can result.

Poor Alignment

There is a chance that poorly aligned wisdom teeth will damage adjacent teeth.

Cyst Forming

A cyst (fluid-filled sac) forms, destroying surrounding structures such as bone or tooth roots.

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