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What to Expect When Having Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted
Wondering why you would need your wisdom teeth extracted from your mouth? There are a few different reasons why these third set of molars need to be extracted, such as they are impacted, they are growing in at the wrong angle oryour mouth simply is not big enough in order to support the extra set of molars. When these dental problems occur, it is easier to extract the problem teeth before they can cause any major problems.
About oral surgery
Learning more about your wisdom teeth and why oral surgery is often necessary to remove them is a good idea when you think you may need to undergo surgery in order to remove one or more of your wisdom teeth. A general dentist will often perform the surgery, which often takes anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes to perform per tooth. While a dentist can indeed extract wisdom teeth from your mouth, general dentists tend to only perform simple extractions.
What to expect when wisdom teeth need to be extracted
The information below includes detailed information on what dental patients can expect when they need to have one or more of their wisdom teeth extracted from their mouths.
The patient will first be given the type of anesthesia they and their general dentist discussed before the appointment, e.g., local, iv sedation, general. No matter what type of anesthesia is used, patients are encouraged to have someone drive them home. While the extraction process is usually not difficult, it is important for any patients who experience any level of dental fear or dental anxiety to let their dentist know before the procedure.
A dentist will make one or more incisions in the gums in order to access the wisdom tooth. The extraction will be simple, as it is performed when the tooth is not broken or has already fully erupted, which means it is no longer below the gum line. Since a general dentist is trained in performing a variety of simple dental surgeries, they are the go-to dental professional for simple tooth extractions.
The majority of patients will experience some discomfort and/or pain during the first three days after undergoing the extraction procedure. While recovery instructions will be given to the patient, general instructions include using an ice pack to address any swelling, using moist heat to address any jaw soreness and eating soft foods for up to a week. Patients can expect to fully heal within three weeks’ time.
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If you think your wisdom teeth need to be extracted from your mouth, making an appointment with a dental professional so you can know for sure is your next step. Anytime you think you might be in need of oral surgery, the more you understand about the procedure, the more likely you are to experience a successful recovery. Be sure not to wait too long, as if you do, it may be more difficult to perform any necessary procedures.
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