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What You Need to Know About Wisdom Teeth Extractions

What Are Wisdom Teeth and Why Should They Be Extracted?

Third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth” are the last teeth to come through. They are located in the back of the gums and usually they come out in someone’s late teens or early 20s, but the age varies.

In some cases, wisdom teeth might become stuck and not come through properly, or they might push other teeth further. Crowded teeth are harder to keep clean and often wisdom teeth suffer from tooth decay or infections. When the health of the teeth is impacted, wisdom teeth extraction comes into place.

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The Wisdom Tooth Extraction Process

Anesthesia

As with any tooth extraction, anesthesia is needed to keep you from moving and from feeling any pain. Anesthetic will be injected in the area and the doctor will make sure it's numb before proceeding.

In case of anxiety, sedatives might also be administered.

Removal

The removal of the wisdom tooth is a simple procedure, but might take longer if the tooth hasn’t broken through the gum or the bone.

The doctor might cut the tooth in pieces before removing it, to make it easier to extract.

After care

After the tooth has been removed, a suture is made to close the open tissue. You will be asked to hold a sterile gauze on the place of the incision and to apply pressure on it.

Our Oral Surgeon and our staff will give you post surgery instructions such as what foods and activities to avoid. You should call the doctor if there is any sign of infection.

The Wisdom Tooth Extraction Process

Anesthesia

As with any tooth extraction, anesthesia is needed to keep you from moving and from feeling any pain. Anesthetic will be injected in the area and the doctor will make sure it's numb before proceeding.

In case of anxiety, sedatives might also be administered.

Removal

The removal of the wisdom tooth is a simple procedure, but might take longer if the tooth hasn’t broken through the gum or the bone.

The doctor might cut the tooth in pieces before removing it, to make it easier to extract.

After care

After the tooth has been removed, a suture is made to close the open tissue. You will be asked to hold a sterile gauze on the place of the incision and to apply pressure on it.

Our Oral Surgeon and our staff will give you post surgery instructions such as what foods and activities to avoid. You should call the doctor if there is any sign of infection.

FAQs

How long does it take to recover after a tooth extraction?

The normal recovery period takes 7-10 days.

What are the signs of an infection after a wisdom tooth extraction?

If an infection of the incision occurs, it’s a dental emergency and you need to contact an emergency unit. Common symptoms include: bad smell, swelling of the gums, puss coming out of the area, fever, pain that is not relieved by medication.

What can I eat after a wisdom tooth extraction?

It’s recommended to stay away from spicy food, hard foods, seeds or foods with small bits that might get stuck in the incision area. Eat cooler, softer foods like ice cream, fruit puree, soups, pasta, boiled and mashed vegetables etc.

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If you have pain or discomfort in the wisdom tooth area, contact us. South OC Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics is well-equipped to evaluate and perform wisdom tooth extraction, with great results each time.

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