Wisdom teeth are the four molars located at the corners of your upper and lower jaw. Wisdom teeth extraction is performed if there is a damaged gum tissue on one or more teeth in your mouth. The procedure takes place in an oral dentist’s office, and the recovery period is after a few days, then you are back to normal.
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to erupt in the mouth, appearing between ages 17 and 25. Some people don’t develop their third molars at all. This set of teeth can erupt normally in some people, while some don’t have enough space to contain them, leading to complications.
At Warm Family Dentistry, your wisdom teeth are first examined using x-rays before removal to check for infections. The following are some of the reasons people get wisdom teeth removal;
Salt Lake City dentists recommend wisdom tooth extraction if the following signs are noted around the tooth area.
We advise you to consult with your dentist or oral doctor at Warm Family Dentistry about the severity of the situation. They will determine if a tooth extraction procedure is necessary or give an alternative therapy.
A small cut is made on the gum to access the tooth if it hasn’t yet erupted through the gum. Your jawbone, too, might be truncated to access more teeth. Your oral surgeon might divide the tooth into small portions to simplify the extraction process.
Before the third molar is removed, there’s a need to enlarge your tooth socket by shaking the tooth in a rocking motion before detaching it. During this act, you might feel some pressure around the area. There shouldn’t be any pain, though, as you will be treated with anesthesia before the procedure begins.
Simple surgery procedures can take a few minutes, while some can take more than 20 minutes. It varies with your surgeon and the severity of the problem.
If your dentist had made an incision, he/she seals the gum with dissolving stitches. They will dissolve in 7 to 10 days after the treatment. The dentist can place a gauze over the extraction area and ask you to apply pressure on it for about an hour. This allows the formation of a blood clot in the empty cavity left. It’s advisable not to dislodge clots as they are part of the healing process.
Antibiotics might be recommended if you have an underlying infection, such as mild tooth decay.
Although people respond differently to anesthesia, you should be able to drive home after the procedure. It’s possible for the anesthesia to cause drowsiness, in which case you need to be driven home. You might experience pain and minor discomfort for the first three days. To completely heal, the mouth might take up to 3 days.
Here are a few tips for quicker recovery.