The thought of having your wisdom teeth removed, also known as wisdom teeth extraction surgery, can be daunting to a lot of people. But it doesn’t have to be.
When you understand that it’s a relatively uncomplicated procedure that can be performed in your dentist’s office in Kingwood, TX, your fear can be alleviated.
Prior to the actual tooth extraction, your dentist will perform a full dental examination to make sure you don’t have an infection that was caused by the wisdom tooth. If an infection is noted, you’ll be prescribed antibiotics and asked to schedule your procedure after the infection has cleared.
Upon arrival for your extraction, you’ll be given a local anesthetic to numb the area around the wisdom tooth in preparation for the wisdom teeth extractions procedure. In the event you have anxiety or you want to be asleep during the procedure, you may also be given general anesthesia.
After the area is numb, or you’re asleep, your dentist will open up the gum tissue above the tooth and remove the tooth by separating it from the bone.
Some patients will require stitches after the surgery is completed to make sure there is no excessive bleeding.
You’ll be given gauze to place between your gums and asked to bite down gently. The purpose of the gauze is to absorb blood, so each time it becomes fully saturated your dentist will recommend that you replace the gauze with a fresh piece.
Bleeding will gradually reduce and shouldn’t last more than 24 hours.
To reduce swelling, you can use an ice pack every 10-15 minutes. You can also use moist heat, such as a warm washcloth, to reduce discomfor. It’s also recommended that you gargle with salt water during the first twenty-four hours after the procedure since this will help reduce swelling and also help to reduce pain.
The good news is that your mouth has the ability to heal incredibly fast. Any pain or discomfort should be gone within a few days of the procedure.
If you’re experiencing pain and discomfort from your wisdom teeth, why not make your appointment with Kingwood Perfect Smiles right now to get the relief you deserve.