Your back teeth, also known as wisdom teeth, are usually the last teeth to emerge in the mouth. Wisdom teeth often come in at the age of 17 to 21 years. While wisdom teeth are designed for emerging and developing normally like the rest of your teeth, sometimes there isn’t enough room in the jaw to accommodate them.
When a wisdom tooth doesn’t have enough room to grow naturally, it becomes partially or fully trapped in the gums or jawbone. Such a tooth is said to be impacted. If you have an impacted or damaged wisdom tooth, your dentist will likely recommend dental surgery to remove them.
The extraction is an outpatient procedure that’s performed in a single appointment. Our dentist in North Branch will begin by numbing you to keep you relaxed and pain-free during the procedure. Next, the dentist will incise the gum tissue to access the tooth and underlying bone. The dentist may remove some bone tissues to access the tooth’s root if necessary.
Next, the tooth is broken down into pieces for easier removal. Once the tooth is removed, the dentist will clean the extraction area to remove debris and prevent infections. While not necessary, the surgeon can stitch the wound to facilitate faster healing and recovery.
Your dentist will place a gauze over the extraction area to allow a blood clot to form and control the bleeding. Once you recover from the anesthetic, you might experience some side effects like minor bleeding, pain, swelling, and sensitivity. It’s advisable to have someone drive you home after the procedure. Before releasing you, the dentist will give you aftercare instructions to facilitate faster recovery.
For the next three days or so:
After a wisdom tooth extraction, normal side effects like swelling and pain should fade away in about 3 to 7 days. However, full recovery can take a couple of weeks, depending on the complexity of your surgery. Follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions to stay comfortable and promote faster recovery.
In most cases, your dentist will recommend a wisdom tooth extraction if it’s causing problems like:
Still, your dentist can recommend extraction as a preventative measure even though the tooth isn’t causing any issues. This will help minimize the risk of future problems like decay, overcrowding, and infections. Apart from being impacted, your dentist can recommend removing a wisdom tooth if it’s associated with decay or gum disease.
After a wisdom tooth extraction, it’s normal to experience pain or discomfort. However, contact your surgeon immediately if the pain worsens or persists for more than ten days. Other complications to watch out for include:
These symptoms can indicate nerve damage, dry socket, infection, and other complications. For this reason, it’s essential to seek emergency dental care. Fortunately, these complications are rare, and you shouldn’t be worried as long as you follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions.
Are you interested in tooth extractions in North Branch, MI? Contact Thumbs Up Dental to get started with your treatment today.