Wisdom Teeth Removal
New You Dental Center offers tooth extraction procedures, including wisdom teeth removal. There are several reasons we recommend having your wisdom teeth removed. For young adults ages 17-25, there is an increased risk their wisdom teeth can become impacted; which leads to pain, infection, or damage to the adjacent teeth or their roots.
Some other reasons for removing your wisdom teeth include:
- Not enough room in your jaw for the teeth to break through your gums.
- Wisdom teeth sometimes come in at an awkward angle.
- Impacted wisdom teeth may have developed an infection.
Wisdom teeth and orthodontics
It is common for orthodontists to recommend their teenage patients have their wisdom teeth removed prior to starting orthodontic treatment. One reason is that often times, the orthodontist needs as much room in the back of the jaw to allow for teeth to be moved back as they come into alignment. Another reason is that as wisdom teeth come in, they tend to crowd the other teeth, causing them to move forward and out of alignment.
What to expect when you have your wisdom teeth removed
Depending on the complexity of the extraction and your comfort level, your dentist of oral surgeon will use one of the following types of anesthesia:
- Local anesthesia: You will receive injections surrounding the areas to be worked on. You will be awake, but shouldn’t experience pain.
- Sedation anesthesia: You will receive sedation through an IV in your arm and also local anesthesia. Your conscious will be suppressed and you will have limited memory of the procedure.
- General anesthesia: You will inhale anesthesia through your nose, and possibly through an IV in your arm. You will be completely unconscious and will have no memory of the procedure.
Recovering from wisdom tooth extraction
If you received local anesthesia, you will be given time in the dental chair to recover. If you received sedation or general anesthesia, you will be taken to a recovery room after the procedure. As you heal from your surgery, you can expect:
Bleeding: You can expect some oozing from the socket as it heals. Avoid excessive spitting so you don’t dislodge the blood clot that is forming in the socket. Replace the gauze as it becomes saturated with blood.
Pain: You should be able to manage the pain with over-the-counter pain relief medications like acetaminophen or in some cases, a prescription pain medication from your dentist or oral surgeon. Ice packs will help with jaw pain.
Swelling and bruising: Swelling will usually improve within 3 days. Use an ice pack as directed by your dentist or oral surgeon.
Activity: On the day of your surgery, get plenty of rest. Avoid strenuous activity over the next couple days to prevent the blood clot from dislodging.
Food and beverages: Drink plenty of water and eat only soft foods like thin soup, yogurt and applesauce. Avoid straw as sucking can dislodge the clot from its socket.
Cleaning your mouth: Do not brush your teeth, rinse, or spit during the first 24 hours. Typically, tooth-brushing resumes after 24 hours. Be very careful around the surgical site and rinse with warm salt water every two hours and after meals.
Avoid tobacco use for at least 72 hours.
Call your dentist or surgeon if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Excessive Bleeding
- Severe pain, not relieved by pain medications
- Swelling that has worsened after 2-3 days
- A bad taste in your mouth that isn’t relieved with rinsing
- Persistent numbness
- Blood or pus in nasal drainage