Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
So you’ve decided to undergo a wisdom tooth extraction procedure but do not know what to expect from the surgery. According to a survey, nearly 85 percent of the population decide to get their wisdom teeth removed at some point. This is one of the most common dental procedures carried out among adults. While it’s a necessity in some cases due to unbearable symptoms, a large number of people decide to get them removed as a preventative measure.
Wisdom teeth are vestigial organs, meaning, they do not play a significant role in chewing while eating. So if you have finally decided to get them removed, there are high chances that it will help you in maintaining a healthier oral profile in the future. We have a highly experienced team at Beaverton Oral Surgeons that carries out teeth extraction procedures so our patients are always comfortable. We’d love to have you come in for an oral checkup if you are dealing with impacted wisdom teeth.
When you come in for an appointment, one of our surgeons will talk to you about the procedure and discuss any other health conditions that you may have. They will need you to list any medicines that you may be taking on a regular basis. They will be happy to answer all of your questions, so feel free to talk about any concerns that you may have. Discuss what type of sedation you prefer during the surgery.
Most procedures take less than 45 minutes. Your surgeon will start by administering the agreed upon type of anesthesia. There are three types including local anesthetics, such as novocaine or mepivicaine, IV sedation, or general anesthesia for more complicated surgeries. Once you are calm and relaxed, your surgeon will make tiny incisions around the extraction site to expose the tooth rooth and the bone.
Once the impacted teeth are loosened, it is easier to get them out. If required, your surgeon will stitch the wounds shut so the recovery is faster. Last but not least, they will apply some gauze pads to the extraction site to soak up any remaining blood.
If you were given local anesthetics and feel alert, you may be able to drive yourself home after the surgery, but patients who were given stronger sedatives will need a family member to accompany them. You might even be able to go back to work but do not participate in strenuous activities as it may put pressure on the wounds.
If you experience pain or swelling, an ice pack placed on your cheeks close to the site should offer some relief. Most of the pain and swelling will subside within a week but a complete recovery might take a few weeks. Continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly but avoid the extraction site. Eat soft foods for a few days after the surgery so as to not put any additional pressure on the wounds.
If you or a loved one are dealing with impacted wisdom teeth or would like to learn more about preventative measures for wisdom teeth, visit us at Beaverton Oral Surgeons. Our staff would be more than happy to answer any of your questions at (971) 249-8370.