Before removing a damaged tooth, your dentist will numb the areas where the tooth will be removed using a local anesthetic. We then open the gum tissue over the tooth and remove any bone covering the tooth. Next we separate the tissue connecting the tooth to the bone and remove the tooth. If necessary, the dentist will cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make it easier for removal.
Once the tooth is extracted, you may need stitches. Some stitches dissolve over time while some must be removed after a few days. Your dentist will advice you on your particular stitches. A folded cotton gauze pad will then be placed over the wound will help stop the bleeding.
What to Expect After Surgery:
In just about all cases, your recovery period will last only a few days. Your dentist or oral surgeon (in the case of wisdom tooth removal) will prescribe painkillers for you to take if necessary.
Follow the tips below to help speed your recovery:
- Gently bite on the gauze pad periodically, changing pads as they become soaked with blood. If you are still bleeding twenty-four hours following surgery, be sure to contact your dentist or oral surgeon.
- Be careful not to bite the inside of your cheek or lip while your mouth is numb.
- Do not lie down flat as this can prolong your bleeding. Instead, prop your head up using pillows.
- You can use an ice pack on the outside of your cheek during the 24 hours to cut down on swelling. You can also use moist heat in the form of a washcloth soaked in warm water (wrung mostly dry) for the following 2 or 3 days to induce healing.
- Be sure to relax afterwards as physical exertion can increase bleeding.
- Eat soft foods, such as Jell-o, pudding, or soups, gradually adding solid foods to your diet as your healing progresses.
- Do not use a straw for the first few days. The suction from using a straw can loosen the blood clot, which will delay healing.
- After the first day, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times daily to reduce your swelling and alleviate pain.
- Do not smoke for at least 24 hours after your surgery because the sucking motion can loosen the clot and delay healing. Furthermore, smoking decreases the blood supply and can bring both germs and contaminants to the open wound. Avoid the urge to rub the area with your tongue; don’t touching it with your fingers.
- Make sure you brush your teeth and tongue carefully.
Extracting Wisdom Teeth:
A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may arise in the near future. When wisdom teeth come in, a number of problems can occur:
- Everyone’s jaw is different, and yours may not be large enough to accommodate your new teeth, which could cause them to become impacted and unable to break through your gums.
- Your wisdom teeth may break partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. Food and germs can become trapped under the flap and cause your gums to become red, swollen, and painful. These are signs of infection.
- More serious problems can develop from impacted teeth, such as infection, damage to other teeth and bone, or the development of a cyst.
- One or more of your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side.
How Well It Works:
Wisdom tooth removal is often effective in:
- Preventing the crowding of your back teeth.
- Preventing a wisdom tooth from becoming stuck in the jaw (impacted) and never breaking through the gums.
- Preventing red, swollen, and painful gums caused by a flap of skin around a wisdom tooth that has only partially come in.
- Preventing both tooth decay and gum disease in the wisdom tooth, which can be harder to clean than other teeth, or in the teeth and jaw in the area of the wisdom tooth.
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