Wisdom teeth are an additional set of molars that grow much later, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. Some people do not have enough room for them to grow. So, the teeth may be impacted in the soft tissue, causing pain, swelling, and general discomfort. In such a case, your dentist may recommend extraction to prevent the teeth from causing pain and infection.
What Symptoms Show You Need Extraction?
When wisdom teeth start to come through, they don’t always cause pain. In fact, some people don’t experience symptoms at all. But others do develop symptoms. These symptoms can include:
Pain: Pain associated with wisdom teeth often comes from the pressure they place on other teeth. Pain can manifest as discomfort, pain, or pressure.
Swelling: In some cases, wisdom teeth can push other teeth out of place, making these teeth crooked or misaligned. As a result, the base of the tooth may become swollen or infected.
Bad breath: Sometimes, wisdom teeth don’t emerge properly. When this occurs, bacteria can build up around and under the gum, causing bad breath.
How Is the Procedure Performed?
Local anesthesia can be used during the procedure to numb the area so that you don’t experience any pain during the surgery.
The extraction can be performed in a few different steps. First, your oral surgeon will use forceps to remove the tooth. In some difficult cases, the tooth would be cut into pieces and removed one piece at a time. The tooth socket is then cleaned and flushed with a sterile solution.
Once the extraction is completed, a gauze pad will be placed over the empty tooth socket to help stop any bleeding. Our dentist in Aurora, CO might also prescribe pain relievers or antibiotics.
What Are the Postoperative Care Instructions?
You may need to follow specific postoperative instructions to ensure proper healing. This can include:
- Avoiding certain foods and drinks
- Maintaining a liquid diet for the first day
- Avoiding smoking, drinking from a straw, and rinsing your mouth out with water
- Avoiding strenuous activity
- Avoiding the use of alcohol-based mouthwashes
- Avoiding touching the surgical site
- Maintaining a soft diet for several days
To learn more about our dental services or to schedule a consultation with our dentist at our practice located at 2711 S Parker Rd., Aurora, CO 80014, you can either contact us via email or call H&M Family Dentistry at (303) 353-9611. We will be happy to assist you further.