wisdom tooth extraction
Wisdom teeth extraction refers to the surgical removal of the third molars, which are the four permanent teeth positioned at the furthest rear of the mouth in both jaws. Typically, these wisdom teeth emerge between 17 and 21 years of age. It is common for individuals to possess all four of their wisdom teeth. Your dentist may recommend the removal of your wisdom teeth if you experience dental discomfort in the vicinity of your back teeth. Also, your wisdom teeth can be removed if you have severe tooth decay or gum disease. Besides, extracting your wisdom teeth is ideal if you frequently encounter food and debris getting stuck around your wisdom teeth. Our dentist at Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry can help remove your wisdom teeth to prevent dental problems in the future.
What Happens Prior To Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Your dentist will arrange a consultation with an oral surgeon for you. During this appointment, the surgeon will evaluate the condition of your wisdom teeth and use dental x-rays to locate them precisely. They will also engage in discussion with you regarding sedation choices. Wisdom teeth removal is generally carried out using local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or IV sedation, depending on your individual requirements. If you are taking any supplements, vitamins, or medications, inform your surgeon. This is also an opportune time to inquire about any concerns or questions regarding the procedure.
What Happens During Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
After administering sedation medications, your surgeon will apply local anesthesia to numb the teeth and gums. Your surgeon will make incisions to expose the impacted wisdom teeth to gain sufficient access. Once the wisdom teeth become visible, your oral surgeon will delicately loosen and lift them from their sockets. The areas will be cleaned, and stitches will be placed. Typically, the stitches will naturally dissolve within a few days.
After administering sedation medications, your surgeon will apply local anesthesia to numb your gums and teeth. Incisions are made to expose impacted wisdom teeth (wisdom teeth in the bone or gums), allowing the surgeon to gain sufficient access. After the wisdom teeth become visible, the oral surgeon will meticulously loosen and extract them from their sockets. They will then clean the surrounding areas and apply stitches. In the majority of instances, the stitches will naturally dissolve within a few days. The procedure takes approximately one hour or less. However, more intricate cases may require additional time to complete.
What Happens After Extracting Wisdom Teeth?
After removing your wisdom teeth, it is normal to experience mild discomfort. You may also have swelling and bleeding on the extraction site. Your oral surgeon will provide instructions on managing these side effects and alleviating pain effectively.
Benefits of Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth extraction offers several notable advantages, primarily minimizing the risk of potential oral health issues. It reduces the risk of developing problems like tooth decay, bone loss, gum disease, damage to neighboring teeth, and jaw damage.
If you are currently experiencing pain due to your wisdom teeth, visit our dentist at Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry and have your wisdom teeth removed. Call us today at 425-868-0123 for more information and inquiries.