REMOVAL OF WISDOM TEETH
Indications You May Need Your Wisdom Teeth Pulled
Wisdom teeth are the third molars and last to grow in at the back corners of the mouth. Individuals may lack all four wisdom teeth or have one, multiple, or all four of them. They become problematic if they remain completely under the soft tissues or partially break through the gums, or get misaligned. In that case, they need to be extracted.
Redness, inflammation, and tenderness of the area caused by bacteria and infection
Jaw stiffness and pain
Pain in the wisdom teeth that worsens over time
Bad breath and bad taste
Heavy bleeding and minor loss of jaw movement (in extreme cases)
- Do not eat or drink after midnight (i.e. a few hours before the oral surgery).
- Discontinue or avoid intake of any over-the-counter or prescribed medications that can interfere with the healing.
- Avoid smoking for at least 12 hours beforehand.
- Avoid recreational drugs and alcohol consumption.
- Arrive at the dental clinic in comfortable clothing without any jewelry, make-up, and hair neatly tied.
- Get your home ready for recovery!
Prior to wisdom tooth surgery, the patient is provided with local anesthesia or IV sedation to profoundly numb around the tooth so that the procedure is completely painless.
The extraction is done by first pushing the gum tissues back for access to the problematic wisdom tooth and then elevating the tooth out.
The method of removal may vary depending on the severity of impacting or crowding of the tooth. Sometimes, little bone shaving is done around the tooth and then sectioned into small pieces to be effectively removed completely.
Finally, the gum incision is closed by self-dissolving sutures. Your surgeon will send you home with post-op instructions and care!
After Your Wisdom Tooth Procedure
Stick to a healthy soft diet for the first few days. Avoid any hard, crunchy, chewy, or sticky foods as well as hot, fizzy drinks for the first few days.
Avoid smoking for at least a week. Refrain from exercises for a few days.
Place a clean gauze on the extraction site and bite onto it to reduce bleeding. If it continues and is profuse, notify your dentist immediately.
Avoid mouth rinsing and spitting for the first 12-24 hours.