Unless you’re one of those rare, but lucky few, you may have to deal with wisdom teeth at some point in your life. Also known as the third molars, wisdom teeth appear in the back of the mouth.
It sounds handy to have a few extra teeth, right? Well, it’s not. Wisdom teeth are notorious for not being properly developed, which can lead to them becoming impacted or infected. Regardless of how your wisdom teeth affect you, it’s best that they come out.
Of course, the thought of having your teeth pulled out can be a scary one. That’s why it’s important that you know what’s in store with the process of wisdom teeth removal.
Continue reading to learn more about the steps of wisdom teeth removal in Chandler Arizona.
The Steps of Wisdom Teeth Removal
People are able to get their wisdom teeth removed at either a general dentist’s office or a surgical dentist’s office.
Either way, here are the steps that are followed with this operation:
1. Sedation – Depending on your needs, the dentist will administer one of a few sedation options. These options include Valium, Halcion, nitrous oxide or an IV. IV sedations are usually the most comfortable as you may not remember the procedure at all.
2. Numbing – Once the method of sedation is chosen and has taken effect, either the dentist or surgeon numb the wisdom teeth and the tissue using a local anesthetic.
3. Imaging – Chances are you’ve probably had an x-ray taken of your wisdom teeth already, however, the dentist or surgeon may take additional ones.
4. Removing the tissue – The operation begins with the dentist by surgically removing all of the surrounding tissue of the wisdom teeth. Should the wisdom tooth be impacted, the dentist will have to make an incision so they can access the tooth.
5. Removing the bone – In most cases, an impacted wisdom tooth is covering the bone either partially or completely. If this happens, the dentist will have to drill through the bone to remove it.
6. Making the tooth loose – Once the wisdom teeth have been fully exposed, the dentist will use a variety of surgical tools to gently, but swiftly remove it. This also applies for wisdom teeth that have already erupted. During this step, the dentist might end up cutting the tooth into sections to keep it from breaking.
7. Removing the tooth – After loosening or sectioning the wisdom tooth, it is finally ready to be removed.
8. Adding stitches – With the wisdom teeth out of your mouth, the dentist will add stitches in order to patch up the area. These are necessary should the wisdom teeth be impacted or if the dentist feels that they will help aid your recovery.
9. Recovery – With the operation over, you will be slowly brought out of your sedation. After that, the dentist will give you a piece of gauze to bite on so blood can clot in the area. It’s going to take at least three to four days in order to completely recover from this surgery.
If you have more questions about wisdom teeth extraction, contact us today for more information.