Getting your wisdom teeth pulled may sound scary, but the procedure itself is nothing to fear. Dentistry at Greenway’s oral surgery team performs extractions of impacted wisdom teeth regularly to alleviate pain and spare you future dental problems. Located in Surprise, Arizona, the team’s oral surgeon walks you through each step of the process, including your recovery. To schedule a consultation, call or use the online booking tool today.
Wisdom teeth are your third molars that come in during your young adult years. On average, they arrive well after the rest of your permanent teeth, or around age 19-25. Because of this, they often are impacted or cause crowding, leading to a variety of annoying symptoms, including:
Impacted wisdom teeth are also hard to clean and can negatively impact surrounding teeth. They often create pockets where plaque can accumulate, harden, and lead to decay and gum disease. For these reasons, impacted wisdom teeth need to be removed.
If you notice symptoms associated with impacted wisdom teeth, it’s best to see Dentistry at Greenways’ oral surgery team for a thorough evaluation. They ask you questions, go over your symptoms, and take X-rays to assess the condition of your wisdom teeth.
After a comprehensive look at your wisdom teeth, they let you know whether or not it’s imperative to extract them. If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, it’s nothing to fear. The skilled oral surgery team is well-equipped to make the procedure as comfortable and convenient as possible.
During wisdom tooth removal, you’re placed under IV conscious sedation, meaning you will be in an awake but extremely relaxed state during the procedure. In fact, you won't feel or remember anything.
First, your oral surgeon makes an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone. This allows them to get rid of bone that prevents access to the tooth’s root. In some cases, the tooth needs to be removed in sections, instead of all at once.
After removing the tooth, your oral surgeon cleans the area and removes any tooth or bone particles left. Then they stitch up the wound carefully and place gauze over it to limit bleeding.
Everyone recovers differently from wisdom tooth removal. In the immediate aftermath, you’re prescribed pain medication to limit any discomfort. Your oral surgeon also instructs you on how to care for the wound at home.
For a few days or up to a week, you need to get plenty of rest and limit your diet to soft, easy-to-eat foods, such as yogurt, ice cream, and soup. Don’t worry: your oral surgeon goes everything with you, answers any questions you might have, and monitors your progress during your recovery.
To schedule a consultation for wisdom tooth removal, call or use the online booking tool today.