Wisdom Teeth Removal
Choosing Samer Dar DDS, MD, an experienced Board Certified Oral Surgeon for your Wisdom Teeth Extraction will ensure that you are working with a highly trained specialist who knows how to handle any complex issues that could come up during your wisdom tooth extraction and an Oral Surgeon has significant training to ensure the most optimal outcome for your procedure.
When you reach your late teens or early twenties, the last of your permanent teeth begin to erupt. These are the wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars. While some patients experience no problems with the eruption of these teeth, most patients have some type of problem or discomfort with them.
Wisdom teeth are notorious for a variety of issues while attempting to erupt. They often cause pain due to impaction, pushing against the adjacent tooth, crowding the back teeth, growing in at an odd angle, and creating gum problems with partial eruption. Most individuals have these teeth removed as soon as possible to eliminate the problems they can cause.
What To Expect for Your Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom tooth extraction is considered oral surgery and, depending on the circumstances, may be anywhere from a relatively simple procedure to a more extensive one. Your Avalon Dental Group oral surgeon has anesthesia options to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
After you receive anesthesia, an incision will be made to expose the tooth and bone. If needed, some bone will be removed to unblock access to the tooth roots. Sometimes wisdom teeth need to be sectioned and removed in pieces. Once the entire tooth is removed, the extraction site will be thoroughly cleaned of debris, and stitches will be placed to promote healing. Gauze will be placed over the wound to control the bleeding and help the blood clot form.
After Wisdom Tooth Extraction
It is vital to follow the instructions you will be given for home care. Carefully following the instructions will help with proper healing and prevent painful problems like dry socket, which can occur if the blood clot is dislodged.
You may experience some swelling and bruising; using an ice pack will help with this. Removal of wisdom teeth is considered surgery, so you will want to rest afterward and avoid strenuous activity for a week or so to help preserve the blood clot. Most normal activities can be resumed the following day.
Avoid drinking with a straw and avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, hot and carbonated beverages for the first 24 hours after your extraction. You can eat soft foods but avoid hard, chewy, or hot and spicy foods that could get stuck in the socket or irritate the extraction site.
It is important that the blood clot form in the socket, so avoid brushing, rinsing or using mouthwash for the first 24 hours after the extraction. When you resume brushing your teeth, be very gentle around the wound and avoid aggressive rinsing of your mouth.
If you are experiencing wisdom teeth pain, contact us at the Avalon Dental Group in Sugar Land and schedule an appointment. We prioritize patient comfort and provide excellent, compassionate care.