Many people have issues with their wisdom teeth and need to have them removed. If you have wisdom teeth that need to be removed we are here to help you.
Our dedicated staff, here at Oral Dental Health, are dedicated to making your visit comfortable, enjoying and relaxing.
Wisdom teeth usually need to be removed due to pain, infection, misalignment or an impacted tooth. An impacted tooth is when a tooth does not fully develop through the gum causing bacteria to build-up causing an infection.
These teeth are also likely to decay due to the fact that they cannot be brushed correctly.
Having your wisdom teeth removed can be a very stressful procedure and wisdom teeth removal pain frightens a lot of people. But, there is no need to worry, we strive to make your visit as comfortable and as pain-free as possible.
The first step in having your wisdom tooth removed is the application of an anesthetic. Next, the surgeon will make a cut in the gum to expose the tooth and bone. Then they will remove any bone that might be blocking access to the tooth.
The wisdom tooth will then be removed, but in some cases, the tooth may need to be divided into pieces for easier removal.
Once the tooth is removed and the area is clean of any debris the wound will be stitched and gauze will be placed over the site to stop any bleeding.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Pain
In most cases, wisdom teeth removal pain can be managed with a prescription from your surgeon or an over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen.
But, if there is a persistent pain after the surgery you might be suffering from a dry socket. A dry socket forms when the blood clot that forms to protect the nerves and bone dissolves or becomes dislodged. This leaves the area exposed to the elements.
This can cause severe wisdom teeth removal pain that can last for several days. To help prevent a dry socket, carefully follow your Oral Dental Health dentist’s instructions on wisdom tooth extraction care. Some of the things that will be discussed with you are as follows:
- Do not eat or drink any liquids for a few hours after the surgery
- Even though it will be hard to drink, do not use a straw
- Only eat soft foods that do not need to be chewed like pudding and ice-cream
- Abstain from hot foods like soup for 24 hours
- Do not smoke for at least 24 hours
- Avoid spitting
- Do not brush your teeth or use mouthwash for 24 hours
- Do not rub your tongue over the wound
- Avoid alcohol for 24-48 hours
- Then continue to practice good oral hygiene so that the tooth doesn’t get infected before it has a chance to heal.
If your wisdom teeth removal pain worsens, or if you develop a new pain contact us immediately.
Getting your wisdom teeth removed isn’t something anyone wants to have done, but it can be a very necessary procedure. Here at Oral Dental Health we can help you through the process and ease your worries.
If your wisdom teeth need to be removed our dental team is here to help. Contact the Oral Dental Health office to schedule your appointment.