Common Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth may need to be extracted if you’re experiencing pain or have an infection. Your dentist may decide to remove wisdom teeth if he/she is certain that they are the source of your problem or may cause a problem in the future.
Wisdom teeth erupt in the oral cavity at the back of the mouth. The location of eruption is one of the reasons why these teeth are so problematic. An eruption at the back of the mouth, in such a tight space, can result in the molars coming in at the wrong angle. If wisdom teeth don’t develop properly they tend to press against the other teeth that are around them. This pressing leads to crowding or misalignment that can only be corrected by removing these extra molars.
Wisdom teeth removal is the most common teeth extraction procedure that a dentist will conduct. They are susceptible to infection and are often the source of most tooth pain.
Before Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Before any extraction takes place your dentist will manually examine your teeth and also capture X-rays of your whole mouth.
During the examination, if it is decided that you will need an extraction you should take this opportunity to discuss with your oral surgeon any health problems you have, like allergies, and any drugs that you take regularly. It is important that your dentist has a good understanding of certain aspects of your overall health before administering the procedure since some medications can cause allergic reactions or interfere with the ability for the anesthesia to work properly.
Wisdom teeth extraction usually takes anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. Your dentist or anesthesiologist will administer numbing medication. This medication will be administered to make the experience painless and help you relax during surgery.
IV medication is typically only administered when multiple teeth need to be removed to ensure that the patient stays relax throughout the whole procedure.
After Wisdom Tooth Extraction
After surgery, it is suggested that you have someone available to drive you home.
If you are employed consider taking off at least one day for the surgery as well as 1 to 2 days for recovery. Recovery time is short and pain should subside within 3 to 5 days.
You may be prescribed prescription painkillers as well as a round of antibiotics which will help to combat any infections after the surgery is completed and during the healing time. In lieu of taking prescription medication for pain, you may take an over the counter medication as suggested by your doctor.
Do not use such things as clove oil or any other liquid that can seep into the area where extraction was performed.
Apply a cold compress to the face to reduce swelling around the area and gently open and close your mouth to exercise your jaw. To reduce the risk of self-inflicted pain choose to eat soft foods like soups. Tough or hard foods may get stuck inside of the extraction site which will cause injury.