Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Unlike some dental procedures, wisdom teeth extraction is fairly common as millions of people around the globe are affected by impacted wisdom teeth. In many cases, it is often put forward as a preventative measure to preserve the oral health of the patient. Recovery is usually quick and most patients can go back to their normal lives in a day or two.
Many people do not realize until it is too late but impacted wisdom teeth can raise a fair amount of oral complications if not treated early on. At Cherry Hill Dental Smiles, we have a dedicated team that carries out tooth extractions. If you come in with impacted wisdom teeth, our surgeons can ensure you have a smooth and comfortable tooth extraction experience.
At What Age Should I Get Wisdom Teeth Removed?
There are no predefined rules dictating what age one must get their wisdom teeth removed. People of all ages can have this surgery, and many often do before their wisdom teeth become impacted. Our dentists recommend that you have them extracted in your late teens or early 20s. This is the safest way to ensure that your third molars never get a chance to become impacted. Since they are still forming during this stage, it is fairly easy to remove them with less risk of complications.
When you come in for a wisdom teeth removal appointment, one of our surgeons will conduct a pre-exam to determine the exact nature of your impacted wisdom teeth. They will discuss sedation options with you to ensure you have a comfortable experience during the entire stay. On the day of the procedure, your surgeon will administer local anesthesia to numb the extraction site.
By making small incisions around the impacted teeth, your surgeon will try to widen the access to them. Once they are visible, your surgeon will carefully loosen them before pulling them out of their sockets. The extraction site will then be cleaned and stitches will be placed if necessary. In most cases, soluble stitches will be used so they will fall out on their own in a few days.
Aftercare and Recovery From the Surgery
You can expect some mild discomfort, pain, and bleeding after the surgery. You will be given instructions for taking care of the wound and how to ease the side-effects. For 24 hours after the surgery, you should avoid certain activities, including rinsing your mouth, smoking, drinking alcohol, or participating in strenuous tasks.
Your dentist may place gauze to cover the site of extraction and ask you to press on it with your teeth. This will stop the bleeding and allow a blood clot to form in the tooth socket. Use an ice pack to get some relief from pain and swelling but if it becomes unbearable, your surgeon will write you some prescription pain relievers.
Tooth extractions are a common dental procedure that many people have to undergo for a number of reasons. If you are dealing with impacted wisdom teeth and fear that you may have a tooth infection, Cherry Hill Dental Smiles can help you. To learn more about wisdom teeth extractions or to book an appointment over the phone, give us a call at 856-667-3737.