Do you have a wisdom tooth that has become impacted causing pain and discomfort? In severe cases, infection can set in along with issues with your TMJ. It’s important to have enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to successfully emerge. Schedule an appointment today for a consultation with Modesto’s finest Oral Surgeons at Stanislaus Oral Surgery today. You can schedule your appointment either online or over the phone.
Do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
There are several reasons why you might choose to have a tooth surgically removed. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your jaw, there is a possibility they have become impacted. An impacted wisdom tooth occur when there is not enough room in your jaw for them and putting you at risk of:
- TMJ issues
- Clicking in the jaw
If you are feeling pain in your jaw, waiting won’t make it go away. In fact, waiting too long puts you at greater risk of them becoming impacted and infected.
What happens during surgical wisdom teeth extraction?
Most times you will be sedated or under general anesthesia prior to your surgery, to keep you as comfortable as possible. First, your surgeon cuts away a portion of your gums to reveal the bone beneath.
Next, your surgeon cuts into the bone to reveal your the inside of your impacted tooth. Often, your wisdom teeth will be broken into portions to make it easier to extract from the jawbone. Once the teeth are removed the area is thoroughly cleaned to remove any debris.
Finally, the surgical sites are stitched up to promote healing and limit chances of infection.
What is the recovery like after wisdom teeth removal surgery?
You might feel a little groggy as soon as you wake from sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgical team will have you bite down on gauze to slow down and stop any bleeding. Once bleeding has stopped make sure you don’t do a lot of spitting or use a straw to drink. This can cause clots to become dislodged, causing a painful condition known as a “dry socket.”
For the first day or so your surgeon might prescribe some medication to help with any pain or swelling. After a few days, pain can easily be managed with over-the-counter medication.
DOES IT HURT WHEN REMOVING WISDOM TEETH?
You shouldn’t feel any discomfort during an extraction. Your surgeon will administer a local anesthetic to block the pain in the area of the extraction. If, during the procedure, you still feel pain you can request more anesthetic from your surgeon. You may also be helped to overcome any fear or anxiety with the use of sedatives. All of these options will be discussed before your extraction during a consultation.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TOOTH EXTRACTION?
After a tooth extraction, you will be free to go home. Arrange for someone to take you to and from the surgery office as the sedatives will make you feel drowsy until the next day. Take sufficient rest after the extraction. You should avoid any type of heavy work until after a few days. The site of the extraction will form a blood clot that needs to be protected until it starts healing. Avoid forceful rinsing and drinking through a straw as this could dislodge the clot and delay the healing process. You should avoid hard or crispy foods for a week or so until the clot starts to heal. Instead, you could eat soft foods like pasta, yogurt, and warm (not hot) soups.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER AFTER REMOVING A TOOTH?
You will likely still feel pain for a few days. This can be treated by over the counter pain killers. You will also see slight swelling and residual bleeding in the area or the extraction for at least 24 hours. If you experience any of the following symptoms then call your surgeon immediately:
- Heavy bleeding or extreme pain after 4 hours since the extraction
- Indications of infection including chills
- Nausea or vomiting
- An excessive amount of discharge
- Coughing, shortness of breath, or chest pain.
After about one or two weeks you should notice the gum starting to heal. Under the gum, the bone will start to develop filling in the vacant hole on the jawline.