Wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, often become impacted causing pain and discomfort. In severe cases, infection can set in along with issues with your TMJ. If you don’t have enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to successfully emerge, schedule a surgical removal of your wisdom teeth consultation with California Oral Surgery today. You can schedule your appointment either online or over the phone.
Do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
There are several reasons why you might choose to have your wisdom teeth surgically removed. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your jaw, there is a possibility they have become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth occur when there is not enough room in your jaw for them and putting you at risk of:
- TMJ issues
- Clicking in the jaw
If you are feeling pain in your jaw due to your wisdom teeth, waiting won’t make it go away. In fact, waiting too long puts you at greater risk of them becoming impacted and infected.
What happens during surgical wisdom teeth extraction?
Most times you will be sedated or under general anesthesia prior to your wisdom teeth removal surgery to keep you as comfortable as possible. First, your surgeon cuts away a portion of your gums to reveal the bone beneath.
Next, your surgeon cuts into the bone to reveal your wisdom teeth impacted inside. Often, your wisdom teeth will be broken into portions to make it easier to extract from the jawbone. Once the teeth are removed the area is thoroughly cleaned to remove any debris.
Finally, the surgical sites are stitched up to promote healing and limit the chances of infection.
What is the recovery like after wisdom teeth removal surgery?
You might feel a little groggy as soon as you wake from sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgical team will have you bite down on gauze to slow down and stop any bleeding. Once bleeding has stopped make sure you don’t do a lot of spitting or use a straw to drink. This can cause clots to become dislodged, causing a painful condition known as a “dry socket.”
For the first day or so your surgeon might prescribe some medication to help with any pain or swelling. After a few days, pain can easily be managed with over-the-counter medication.
DOES IT HURT WHEN REMOVING WISDOM TEETH?
Your surgeon will provide the necessary medication to help you feel comfortable and relaxed during the extraction. You will receive a local anesthetic to block the pain. If you require an extra dose then your surgeon will provide it so that you can feel as comfortable as possible. You may also receive a sedative to help you feel relaxed. This is especially important if you have fear or anxiety related to the extraction. All of this will be discussed before the extraction so that the surgeon can tailor the medication to your needs.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TOOTH EXTRACTION?
Due to the sedation medication, you still will feel drowsy after your appointment. Ask someone to help you get to the surgeon’s office and return you home after. It’s important that you rest until the next day and not do anything strenuous for a couple of days. The extraction site will form a blood clot and you will need to preserve that in the first few days. Avoid creating any pressure in the mouth such as by rinsing vigorously and by drinking through a straw. This could easily dislodge the clot. It’s better to eat soft foods like pasta and yogurt as well as these are less likely to irritate the clot.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER AFTER REMOVING A TOOTH?
For the next 24 hours, you may see some residual bleeding and swelling. The blood clot will start to heal after a week or two and bone will start to grow in the space below. If you feel that you are not healing properly then you should call the surgeon immediately. You should be concerned if you have the following symptoms:
- Intense pain or continue bleeding after 4 hours
- Signs of infection, including fever
- Nausea or vomiting
- An excessive discharge
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain.