The third molars, most commonly called wisdom teeth, are four permanent adult teeth at the back corners on the top and bottom of your mouth. They are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth.
Some people develop impacted wisdom teeth — teeth that don’t have enough space to erupt in the mouth or develop normally. Impacted wisdom teeth may erupt partially or not at all.
Impacted wisdom tooth may be removed for one of these reasons:
In cases where the growth of the wisdom teeth is impacted, extraction must be performed. Removal of wisdom teeth is not like that of normal ones.
You will likely experience a handful of complications when you delay the removal of your wisdom tooth, including:
If your tooth is seriously impacted or if the extraction requires an in-depth surgical approach, your dentist may suggest you see a dental surgeon.
During the extraction, your dentist will make the area numb with local anaesthetic; your surgeon may recommend sedatives to allow you to be comfortable during the procedure.
Anaesthetics are used depending on the complexity of the extraction and the level of your pain tolerance. Options include:
Local anaesthesia is administered with one or more injections near the site of each extraction. Before receiving an injection, your dentist or surgeon will likely apply a numbing substance to your gums.
You will be awake during the process of tooth extraction. Although you’ll feel some pressure and movement, you shouldn’t experience pain.
Sedation anaesthesia is administered through an intravenous (IV) line in your arm. It suppresses your consciousness during the procedure.
You will not feel any pain and will have a limited memory of the process. You’ll also receive local anaesthesia to numb your gums.
General anaesthesia is administered by inhaling medication through your nose or having an IV line in your arm, or both, losing consciousness afterwards.
Your medicine, breathing, temperature, fluids, and blood pressure will be closely monitored. Local anaesthesia is also given to help with postoperative discomfort.
During the wisdom tooth extraction procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon:
Patients who undergo surgery typically recover after a week without any complications. Your recovery time will depend on the type of anaesthesia you choose, your diet during recovery period, and preventive measures for complications.
It is important to keep your head elevated for the first three days after the procedure. Never let your head tilt below your heart. Always remember that the site is a wound in your face and it needs healing. Use pillows to elevate your head when lying down on your bed.
Wisdom tooth extractions performed at Preston Supreme Dental are guaranteed safe and effective. Your treatment plan is carefully tailored only for you!
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