Wisdom Teeth Extraction
A wisdom teeth extraction is a frequently performed surgical procedure that involves the removal of the wisdom teeth. It’s a common problem, as many wisdom teeth tend to cause crowding, become impacted, or even infected during the growing process. It can lead to swelling, stiffness of the jaw, soreness of the gum, and even difficult biting and swallowing. However, there are other symptoms that the patient may not even know of, such as decay and gum disease from being unable to care for these teeth properly.
What to Expect?
For those patients who are undergoing the wisdom teeth extraction, the procedure is typically done under general anaesthetic. However, there are some patients who experience anxiety during such procedures. For them, we can offer sedation so that they will not be conscious during the procedure.
Once the wisdom teeth extraction has taken place with the removal of the teeth, the gums are then sutured closed in order to prevent bacteria from getting into the empty cavities left behind and cause further infection. At this point, pain medication would be prescribed in order to deal with the pain, and typically a dentist would recommend that only soft foods be eaten until the sutures are removed or dissolved. Antibiotics will also be prescribed in order to prevent an infection from occurring in the future.
Post Procedure Care
At home, care is also recommended after a wisdom teeth extraction. Using ice packs or heated pads on the face can be used to lessen the pain and make it more bearable. After eating, salt water rinses are definitely recommended in order to reduce swelling, alleviate any discomfort, and remove any food particles from the areas where the sutures are.
A follow-up session with the dentist that performed your wisdom teeth extraction is necessary to check your sutures if they need removal and if any complications have taken place.
The risks associated with a wisdom teeth extraction include a dry socket (where bones ends up being exposed from the dislodging of a blood clot), injury to the nerve of the wisdom teeth, damage to the adjacent teeth, or problems with the temporomandibular joint. Many of these complications are rare and can be treated as soon as they are brought to your dentist’s attention.
You Think That You Might Need One?
If you feel that you are in need of wisdom teeth extraction, then you should call our dentist in Waterdown as soon as possible and set up an appointment. Wisdom teeth that are giving you problems can be remedied easily before they become more complicated. Taking care of your teeth is essential to ensuring that you have a healthy mouth and won’t have to go through the painful experience of your wisdom teeth affecting the rest of the teeth in your mouth.
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