Most dentists and oral surgeons recommend wisdom tooth extraction before wisdom teeth become problematic. Waiting until there is a problem before going in for wisdom tooth extraction can cause serious damage to the mouth, and will result in unnecessary pain. Wisdom tooth extraction is usually performed on young adults at the time that their wisdom teeth begin to grow into their mouths.
Before undergoing wisdom teeth removal, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area of the mouth from which the tooth will be removed. If several or all of your wisdom teeth will be removed at the same time, a general anesthetic can also be used. When general anesthetic is used during wisdom teeth removal, it can often prevent the patient from feeling any pain at all. Most patients become woozy, and usually sleep through the wisdom teeth removal procedure. If you are being sedated, it's important that you don't eat or drink five hours before surgery.
To perform the wisdom tooth extraction, any gum tissue covering the wisdom tooth must be opened or removed. Once the wisdom tooth is visible and unobstructed, it can be extracted. Some teeth must also be cut into smaller pieces in order to be removed more easily.
Once the wisdom tooth extraction is complete, many patients will require stitches. There are two types of stitches, dissolving, and another type that must be removed a few days after the wisdom teeth have been extracted. In our office, we use the type that dissolve within 3 - 5 days. You should place gauze over the tender areas to prevent prolonged bleeding.
Most patients will recover from wisdom tooth extraction surgery in just a few days. If needed, prescribed pain killers will ease most of the pain you may experience.
To quicken your recovery from wisdom tooth extraction, follow these simple steps: