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Although wisdom tooth removal is a standard procedure performed by dentists and oral surgeons, the extraction requires surgery because the third molars are located on the back of the jaws and often remain impacted below the gum line. Most surgical procedures risk complications, and wisdom tooth removal is not an exception to the rule.
Before undergoing wisdom tooth removal, dentists advise you on the anesthesia you will receive during the procedure and provide instructions on caring for your mouth and oral hygiene after having the tooth extracted.
Wisdom teeth your third molars emerge between 17 and 25 when sufficient space in your jaw isn’t available to accommodate them. Your dentist suggests the process as a preventive measure to prevent problems in your mouth later.
Wisdom teeth might emerge in most adults and teenagers, although some are fortunate not to have them. Unfortunately, many have impacted wisdom teeth that erupt partially or remain hidden under the gum line. As a result, you might experience issues like pain, food debris trapped behind the wisdom tooth, infections like tooth decay and gum disease, and damage to the neighboring teeth or surrounding bone. Therefore, it is to prevent unnecessary complications in your mouth that dentists recommend wisdom teeth removed when they notice them in x-rays during routine exams and cleanings.
The wisdom tooth removal surgery is straightforward and completed by the dentist or oral surgeon in approximately 90 minutes in a hospital setting. You receive sedation or intravenous anesthesia to relax you during the removal and local anesthesia in your mouth for pain management.
The surgeon performing the removal must make incisions in your gums to expose the wisdom tooth and bone. Next, they must remove the bone blocking access to the wisdom tooth and even divide the tooth into sections making it easier to extract in pieces. After removing the tooth, the surgeon cleans the surgical site and places gauze over it to control bleeding and help in blood clot formation.
After the wisdom tooth removal process, you will experience pain and swelling comfortable to manage following your dentist’s after-care instructions. However, following the precautions suggested in this article helps you recover faster from the surgical procedure.
Caring for your mouth as recommended by the professional and using the suggestions mentioned herein help you recover faster without encountering any problems.
Montebello Dental Clinic performs numerous wisdom tooth extraction procedures advising patients to care for themselves after removing their third molars. If you must have your wisdom teeth extracted, please schedule your appointment for the removal with this practice.