What you Need to Know About Oral Surgery for Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Oral surgery sounds scary, but wisdom tooth extraction with an oral surgeon is a common procedure the surgeons at Progressive Dental Care Center perform on a daily basis. Our surgeons typically perform the oral surgery right in the office unless there are certain risk factors involved, such as pre-existing conditions that make surgery complicated for you or if you need all four of your wisdom teeth extracted at once.


Preparing for Oral Surgery

If our surgeon is able to perform your oral surgery for wisdom tooth extraction right in the office, you do not have to prepare for your appointment beforehand. Once you are in the office and settled, our surgeon will administer local anesthetic to get the procedure started. This medicine numbs your mouth while allowing you to stay awake during the procedure to decrease the recovery time from the oral surgery. In the event that you need more than one wisdom tooth removed at one time, or if the tooth/teeth are impacted (did not fully break through the gums), general anesthetic may be necessary. If this is the case, you will need to stop eating and drinking by midnight the night prior to your procedure to reduce the risk of choking as general anesthetic puts you to sleep during the oral surgery and you will need someone to drive you home from the procedure.


The Oral Surgery Procedure

Once you are comfortably numb or asleep, depending on your exact circumstances, our oral surgeon will start the extraction process. He will gain access to the tooth by cutting through the gum tissue. If you have impacted wisdom teeth, there may be bone or tissue over the area that needs to be removed first. Once the path is clear, the surgeon removes the tooth. This oral surgery procedure can get slightly complicated if the tooth will not come out easily. If this occurs, the surgeon breaks the tooth into smaller, easier-to-manage pieces and then removes it. Once the tooth is out, the surgeon immediately stitches the area up. Most oral surgery procedures to remove wisdom teeth require only dissolvable stitches, which means they will go away on their own rather than requiring you to come back for another appointment.


Recovering from Oral Surgery

At Progressive Dental Care Center, we want to ensure that your recovery is simple and effective after wisdom tooth extract via oral surgery. Typically, the recovery process is very simple as long as you allow your body enough time to fully recover. Once you are able to go home, make sure to get plenty of rest. During the first few hours, you should not lay down flat on your back, however, as this could make the bleeding last longer. Prop yourself up on a few pillows and relax on the couch for several hours, while changing your gauze pad as it becomes soaked with blood. The bleeding should not last any more than 24-hours following your oral surgery procedure. If it does, you should call our office right away.

Once the bleeding subsides, you can start to eat again, but you should stick to a soft diet. You may experience swelling and pain for a few days following the wisdom tooth extraction, but if you watch what you eat, the pain and swelling will subside on its own. Choosing foods that do not require much chewing, such as Jell-O, pudding, ice cream, and broth soups cause the least amount of damage to the area. As you heal, you can slowly graduate to solid foods.

In order to manage the pain from oral surgery, use ice packs and/or moist heat for the first 24-hours. This will also help keep the swelling down and minimize the pain. If the pain is substantial, the oral surgeon from Progressive Dental Care Center can provide you with a prescription for an oral pain killer that you can use for the first few days following the surgery. Other ways to minimize the pain and decrease the risk of complications from the oral surgery include, avoiding smoking for at least 24 hours, avoiding excessive activity for a few days, avoiding the use of straws for a few days, and properly rinsing and gently brushing the area to avoid the risk of infection.

Wisdom tooth extraction can help to minimize the pain you experience in your mouth or even throughout your head and neck. If you experience chronic pain in those areas, it is important to see if your wisdom teeth are the reason. Impacted wisdom teeth not only cause pain; they can also cause infections, which can cause damage throughout your body if not removed.

If you would like more information about oral surgery for wisdom tooth extraction or you are concerned about your wisdom teeth, contact Progressive Dental Care today!





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