Wisdom teeth extractions are among the most common dental procedures we perform. Wisdom teeth are often impacted, meaning that at least one tooth is growing at a problematic angle. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain and cause your other teeth to move, making it important to address the problem as soon as possible.
In some cases, wisdom teeth will only partially break through the gums. Gum tissue will then grow over the tooth, making it difficult to keep the area clean. An infection known as pericoronitis will often develop in this area and cause pain and swelling. This condition will generally clear up on its own, though it’s important to treat the source of the problem.
If you’re experiencing pain, discomfort, or infections due to impacted wisdom teeth, then get in touch with a member of Dental Town DC to learn more about wisdom tooth extractions. We can remove a single tooth, or all four at once — your dentist will work with you to find an ideal solution. We also provide both local and general anesthetic options for your comfort.
Your surgeon will begin the procedure by cutting the tissue around the tooth. The tooth will be pulled out in one piece when possible, but your surgeon may need to break the tooth into several pieces in some cases. Some surgeries will require the use of sutures, and at Dental Town DC, we use soluble sutures which dissolve on their own.
Please find a friend or family member to drive you home after the surgery, as you will not be able to operate a vehicle due to the anesthesia. You will need to rest in the days following the procedure, so try to take a few days off of work or school. It’s completely normal to experience bleeding around the extraction site, but you should give one of our dentists a call if the bleeding persists for more than 24 hours after your surgery. Rest as much as possible in the days following your surgery, but be sure that you do not lie flat on your back. Lying on your back will only prolong the bleeding, so prop your head up with a pillow or sit at an angle if you’re on the couch. We will prescribe painkillers to help with the recovery, and you can also use an ice pack to alleviate the swelling. Additionally, we’ll ask you to clean your mouth with a specialty solution to prevent an infection from occurring.
Your diet will be limited to soft foods in the days following your surgery. We recommend:
- Soft fruits
- Protein shakes
- Mashed potatoes
- Ice cream
- Thin soups
- And anything else you can eat without having to chew too much.
No matter what you’re eating or drinking, do not use a straw. The suction can loosen the sutures in your mouth and interrupt the clotting process. Additionally, we ask that you do not smoke in the days following your procedure, as cigarette smoke can inflame your mouth and delay the healing process. If you experience ongoing pain, bleeding, inflammation, or feel that your gums are not healing properly, then give us a call and we will schedule a follow-up appointment.