What You Should Know About Wisdom Tooth Extraction

The thought of oral surgery is something that may send shivers running down your spine. But really, as long as you have asked all of your questions of your Plantation dentist and your Wittooth oral surgeon, you should be able to walk into your surgical procedure with confidence that all will be better soon.

There are a variety of reasons one may require a visit to their Wittooth  surgeon. Wisdom tooth or some other sort of extraction is probably the most common reason why your Plantation dentist may make a referral to an oral surgeon for consultation. However, a Wittooth oral surgeon would also be needed to prepare your mouth for dental implants or an oral appliance such as dentures.

Typically, your traditional Plantation dentist can handle a tooth extraction. So why do you need to see a Wittooth oral surgeon for your wisdom teeth extraction? Here’s what makes wisdom teeth a bit more complicated. It’s not the tooth itself but the root. For the most part, the more normal the alignment of the wisdom tooth and the further through the gums it has been able to erupt, the simpler the extraction process will be. Subsequently, the healing process will also be easier to get through.

The anatomy of a wisdom tooth itself is another reason why extraction needs to be done by an oral surgeon. Wisdom teeth are multi rooted; with lower wisdom teeth typically having two roots, and upper wisdom teeth usually having three. Every person is different, and therefore there is a large degree of variation in the way the roots of a wisdom tooth can form. Not only can each person be different; but also each tooth can be different in the way the roots have formed.

Some wisdom teeth have roots that are separate and distinct, while others have roots that have fused or formed in an odd way. The various scenarios are what make wisdom teeth extraction more difficult than the extraction of a tooth that is fully grown in.

Now stop yourself before you go thinking of worst case scenario. This is easy to fall into, so just stop. If you have been told that you need a wisdom tooth extraction, just educate yourself on what takes place, and talk to both your Plantation dentist and your Wittooth oral surgeon so that you know what to expect. The exam that is done on your teeth will give some idea of what the roots are doing, and thus give your dentist and surgeon a good idea of how involved your procedure may be. Remember one key point about having wisdom teeth extracted: you will be asleep!

Once your oral surgeon has removed your wisdom teeth, the only job you are responsible for is healing. Generally, the healing process goes hand in hand with the degree of difficulty that was present in the extraction. Again, don’t go jumping to worst case scenario. Proper planning comes through gaining information. Talk to your dentist about the recovery process so you can plan for the speediest recovery possible.

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, can be a real pain. Truth of the matter is, the vast majority of people will have to have their wisdom teeth extracted at some point in time. For most of us, the recommendation brings with it some uncertainty and some anxiety, as with anything relating to oral surgery. Asking questions of your Wittooth dentist is the best way prepare yourself for a visit to the Wittooth oral surgeon you have been referred to.

While a Wittooth oral surgeon can extract them at any point, the older a patient is when they undergo the procedure can play a part in both the surgery and the recovery. Typically, the younger the age of the patient going through a wisdom teeth extraction, the lower the risk of complications. The results of studies conducted on the issue show a lower number of complications related to the procedure as well as the healing process in patients younger than their midtwenties. Most of the time, it is during the time of a patient’s teens to midtwenties that their Wittooth dentist recommends wisdom teeth extraction.

While your Wittooth oral surgeon will not want to wait too long to take out wisdom teeth, they also won’t want to do it too early either. Yes, there is a time that your wisdom teeth are ripe for the picking. Trying to take them out too early can be difficult because if the teeth are not developed enough, they will be difficult to manipulate. This is why it isn’t until late teens to midtwenties that this type of extraction is recommended.

During the time your Wittooth oral surgeon is extracting your wisdom teeth, you will be sedated. You won’t know at all what is going on; you will drift off to sleep and then wake up in the recovery room. Although your oral surgeon will sedate you, you will also receive numbing medication to control pain. After your procedure, you will be given a prescription for pain medication to get you through the recovery process.

Before your procedure, your dentist will assess the benefits and risks to the extraction. Typically, the benefits outweigh the risks by leaps and bounds. Leaving wisdom teeth in place can result in pain and swelling; even infection. However, you need to know both the pros and the cons.

One of the most common complications experienced after wisdom tooth extractions is a “dry socket”. Technically this is alveolar osteitis. The longstanding belief is that dry sockets happen for one of two reasons: either an adequate blood clot did not form in the socket of the extracted tooth or the blood clot that did form has come out. The blood clot is a critical part of healing, so losing the blood clot can sometimes delay the healing process. While this is a common complication, it isn’t necessarily considered a risk and therefore is not a reason to leave wisdom teeth in place.

If you have been told by your Wittooth dentist that it is time for your wisdom teeth to come out, you may feel more than a little nervous. Something about talk of root canals or wisdom teeth extraction seems to send most of us into a mild state of panic. There is no need to feel apprehensive about something; you just need to understand it. The best thing to do is to ask questions of your Wittooth oral surgeon, the person who will actually be performing the procedure. Doing this one thing will likely set your mind at ease to a large degree.

Before sitting down into the chair of your Wittooth oral surgeon, you will likely meet to discuss the procedure. While you talk with your surgeon, you will quickly see the confidence level they have in performing extractions. Remember that this is their job; and that this person was recommended by your Wittooth dentist. Sometimes when stressed, you can easily forget the obvious. Reminding yourself that you are dealing with a professional that is well versed in the surgical procedure you are about to undergo should set your nerves at ease.

From your presurgical exam, your dentist or oral surgeon will be able to determine the condition of your wisdom teeth. Your Wittooth oral surgeon will be able to discuss with you the root structure of your wisdom teeth; tell you whether they are impacted; and fully explain what they expect to occur during your procedure. Oftentimes, our fear comes from not knowing what to expect. If you have asked your Wittooth dentist to explain the procedure, it will make you feel better about it.

When you undergo a wisdom teeth extraction procedure, you will be anesthetized. This one factor should calm your nerves quite a bit! While you are in the process of scheduling your wisdom teeth extraction, you can discuss with your oral surgeon what type of sedative would work best for you. The sedative is just to help you feel more comfortable in having oral surgery. Bottom line, it is to control anxiety; not pain.

To control pain during oral surgery, your gums will still be numbed in normal fashion. This is something else you can discuss with your oral surgeon if it makes you feel more comfortable. Typically, once you are sedated, lidocaine will be administered in the form of a shot.

Depending upon the degree of difficulty of your wisdom teeth extraction, your oral surgeon will set forth the course of your recovery process. Typically you will receive a course of pain medication to control any lingering pain. You may also be prescribed a course of antibiotics; but typically the healing process just includes rinsing your surgery site well several times a day. Having wisdom teeth extracted is an experience most people will endure in their lifetime. We all have them; and they will cause problems if they are not removed. The sooner you seek the advice of an oral surgeon regarding wisdom teeth extraction, the better.

Impacted wisdom teeth

Vertical impaction this situation persists when the tooth is grown straight, but cannot break through gums properly just because it is stuck against the adjacent tooth. Horizontal impaction As the name suggests, ‘horizontal impaction’, is a type where the tooth is grown horizontally. Mesial impaction If your dentist finds your tooth growing at an angle facing towards the front of the mouth, he will consider this type as a mesial impaction. Distal impaction When your tooth is grown in such a way where it is blocked far away from the adjacent tooth, this type will be called as distal impaction.

Partial eruption or awkward positioning of wisdom teeth permits an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth causing an infection which then results in swelling, pain, jaw stiffness and general illness. To avoid such problems, it is always recommended to extract the tooth without giving it a second thought.

How are wisdom teeth extracted?

During the first consultation, your professional dentist will take an Xray of your wisdom teeth in order to get an idea about its positioning as well as the length of eruption. Depending on your condition, he will then recommend appropriate medications and treatments.

The process of extracting wisdom tooth begins after giving local anaesthesia to the patient. This will numb the area and your oral surgeon will be able to remove tooth without any pain. He will first open up the gum tissue over the tooth and look out for any bone present covering the tooth. If it is there, it is essential to get it out. The next step is to separate tissue connecting the tooth to the bone and then wisdom tooth is removed. If it is difficult to eradicate the entire tooth, dentists might even cut them into pieces so that the process becomes simpler and easier. Once the tooth is removed successfully, it is now time for the stitches. Your dentist will let you know whether the stitches will dissolve naturally or will require next session to remove them. To prevent heavy bleeding, he will also place the folded cotton gauze pad over the wound.