There are a total of four wisdom teeth, one in every corner of the jaw. They are known as the third molars and are the last to emerge. Thus they often don’t have enough space in the jaw structure and appear at odd angles and require extraction. Wisdom tooth removal is one of the most common dental procedures worldwide because it can create major oral problems if left unattended. At Surprise Oral & Implant Surgery, we offer wisdom tooth examination and extraction if need be.
When Do We Need to Remove Wisdom Teeth
These are just some of the reasons why you may need a wisdom tooth extraction. If your wisdom tooth is stuck in the gum or is impacted, you may develop bacterial infections such as cellulitis and abscess. Both conditions result in a puss-like fluid filling the area surrounding the wisdom tooth, including the tissue. Depending upon the condition, the doctor may recommend an antibiotic course with an antiseptic mouthwash. However, they will definitely recommend an extraction to eliminate the root cause of the problem once and for all.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Process
The extraction process is pretty straightforward and is usually over within an hour. To perform the procedure, Dr. Alexander N. Nguyen will give you an anesthetic to numb the surrounding area before making a cut in the gum and pulling the tooth out. To do so, the surgeon will rock the tooth back and forth to help release it from the jawbone. They will then stitch the gums together to close the opening and allow it to heal itself to prevent bacteria from entering the gums.
You will experience some pain and swelling in the next two weeks when the gums are healing. The pain and swelling are the most intense during the first three days, after which it starts to subside as the gums heal. Your dentist will tell you to avoid eating anything and stick to a liquid diet. They will recommend eating ice cream or consuming cold or chilled drinks like juices and shakes to prevent any bits and pieces of food from getting stuck in the gums or teeth.
We at Surprise Oral & Implant Surgery specialize in wisdom tooth extraction. But you don’t always need one. You can visit us for a consultation to identify the best wisdom tooth care option for you.