Wisdom teeth are the molars in the far back of your mouth and usually emerge in late teens or early twenties. At Foothills Dental Group we are able to do majority wisdom teeth extraction, however, if it requires further attention we might have to refer you to an oral surgeon.
How it's done
Sometimes removing a wisdom tooth requires a small surgical procedure. This might be because your wisdom tooth is impacted and has not emerged through the jaw bone, or because it is broken into pieces and can’t be removed without leaving a piece behind.
If the wisdom tooth is covered over by gum tissue, the dentist will make a small incision in order to expose the tooth by loosening the connective tissue around the tooth and then it is removed.
What to Expect During Healing
The mouth and gums heal incredibly quickly, so if you follow the simple instructions provided by your dentist then you should have no problems.
You will be asked to bite down on sterile gauze for approximately 30 minutes after surgery to ensure the bleeding has stopped. You will probably feel some discomfort and have some swelling for a few days after the procedure, but if you experience significant pain then you need to contact your dentist.
For the first 2 hours after surgery, you should avoid unnecessary talking, eating, and drinking to allow the area time to clot. After this, drink plenty of fluids and stick to soft foods for the first 24 hours. You shouldn’t brush your teeth or rinse out your mouth for 12 hours after the procedure, and avoid the area of removal when brushing for a few days. You might be prescribed painkillers to help with pain/ and recovery.
For all of your wisdom teeth needs you can give us a call and book an appointment for a consultation today! We can also discuss your wisdom teeth options with you at your next hygiene and check-up appointment – just ask! We look forward to hearing from you soon.