Your dentist says it’s time to remove your wisdom teeth, and you wonder if it’s really necessary. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you get it done and a few things to look for during the process. Some dentists do the work themselves while others refer patients to oral surgeons. Either way, it should only take a few days for your gums to return to normal.
When is wisdom teeth removal in Chandler AZ a good idea?
- when a tooth is impacted and causes pain
- when a tooth comes in at the wrong angle
- when your jaw doesn’t have room for the teeth
- when you have cavities or gum disease
What takes place during extraction of wisdom teeth?
It usually takes less than an hour for the procedure to be done in the dental office. The surgeon will start by giving you a local anesthesia, such as Novacaine, in your gums. People who are afraid of dentists may choose to breathe nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, through a mask to relax. After numbing your mouth, the doctor will give you drugs to sedate you through a vein in your arms. You will sleep through the procedure and possibly for an hour after.
If the doctor needs to cut your gums to extract the teeth, he will stitch them shut and pack your mouth with gauze. The stitches will dissolve and fall out within a few days. Wisdom teeth that are not removed may damage the jaw or surrounding teeth, cause gums to get infected, make other teeth crooked, or create sinus problems.
What happens after surgery?
Most people feel discomfort for three or four days, and the gums may take several weeks to fully heal. Follow your doctor’s directions after the surgery and try these tips to relieve pain and help your gums recover:
- Use an ice pack to prevent swelling.
- Use damp heat for soreness.
- Eat soft foods and drink a lot of fluids.
- Exercise your jaw by gently opening and closing your mouth.
- Take prescribed medication to reduce swelling and pain.
- Brush gently on the second day but avoid sore spots.
- Rinse gently with salt water.
- Don’t use straws because they may cause bleeding.
- Don’t smoke.
- Don’t eat hard or sticky foods.