Wisdom Teeth ExtractionCoon Rapids, MN
Wisdom teeth extraction can help to relieve pain in a patient’s teeth that results from the wisdom teeth causing crowding issues or growing incorrectly. There are many different reasons you may need to extract your wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth extraction removes the third set of molars in the back of your mouth.
Wisdom teeth extraction is available at Northside Minnesota Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Coon Rapids, MN and the surrounding area. Most patients who need wisdom teeth extraction are in the stages of young adulthood. Call us today at (763) 284-3159 to learn more and schedule an appointment.
Understanding Wisdom Teeth Extraction
"Wisdom teeth" is the colloquial term for the third set of molars that sit in the back of the mouth. They are called such because they come between the more "mature" ages of 17 and 21. The emergence of wisdom teeth can be uncomfortable, even if they are emerging correctly. Wisdom teeth do not always necessitate extraction. On the contrary, properly aligned wisdom teeth may assist in chewing.
However, if there is no adequate space for the wisdom teeth to emerge or if the teeth are coming through in the wrong position, they may become impacted (or trapped in the jaw or under the gums). This may cause cysts, damage to neighboring teeth, gum disease, infection, pain, tooth, decay, and tumors. A dentist needs to monitor the patient’s wisdom teeth and determine the best course of action.
What to Know Before Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth extraction is commonly performed and generally safe when carried out by qualified doctors. However, like any other surgery, it does carry a small risk of complications. These include bleeding, dry socket, and infection. Our team will do everything we can to minimize these risks even further. However, patients should contact our office immediately if they find themselves experiencing any of the following symptoms after their extraction:
- Absent or dislodged blood clot at the extraction site after surgery
- High temperature
- Persistent pain and swelling
- Persistent, heavy bleeding that does not subside over time
- Throbbing pain in the gum or jaw
- Unpleasant smell or taste in the mouth
- Yellow or white discharge from the extraction site
Most potential complications following wisdom teeth extraction are easily treatable when reported to the doctor.
Preparing for Wisdom Teeth Extraction
The first step to wisdom teeth extraction begins with an initial consultation. During this time, patientsshould be open and honest with their doctor about their entire medical history. This includes but is not limited to sharing any health problems they may have, any medications and supplements they may take regularly, and any lifestyle choices that may influence the success of the surgery. The consultation is also a good time for patients to assuage their anxieties by asking any questions about the procedure.
What to Expect During Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Generally, wisdom teeth extraction begins with the doctor injecting the patient with a local anesthetic to numb them to the pain of the procedure. The doctor will then cut into the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone, making sure to remove any bone blocking access to the tooth root. Depending on how severely impacted the tooth is, the tooth may be divided into sections to be removed little by little.
After extracting the tooth, the doctor will clean the extraction site of any debris. Afterward, the wound may or may not need stitches, and the doctor will pack gauze over the extraction site to control bleeding and to aid in the formation of a blood clot.
After Wisdom Tooth Removal – Instructions
Having wisdom teeth extracted is an important surgical procedure and it is important to follow your post-op care instructions very carefully. Following the instructions provided by Dr. El Deeb can help to avoid pain and infections.
- Immediately following your surgery, you should keep a gauze pad over the extraction site for thirty minutes.
- You should avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously or touching the extraction site, as these could dislodge your blood clot.
- If you are prescribed pain medicine and antibiotics, it is important to take these as prescribed by Dr. El Deeb.
- You should restrict your physical activities on the day of the surgery to give your body time to heal properly, and ice packs should be used for the first thirty-six hours to help minimize swelling.
- After Wisdom Tooth Removal it is normal for some bleeding to occur. If there is excessive bleeding, you can bite a gauze pad for 30 minutes and repeat as necessary. If the gauze does not stop the bleeding you can bite on a moistened tea bag for thirty minutes, which can help encourage clotting. If you are unable to stop the bleeding, please contact our office for more information.
- Facial swelling after wisdom tooth extraction is expected; this is a normal reaction to the surgery. Swelling will typically be most noticeable two or three days after your surgery but can be minimized by using an ice pack during the first 36 hours after surgery.
- For pain, after your wisdom tooth removal you can take Tylenol or Ibuprofen according to the listed directions, or if Dr. El Deeb prescribed a pain reliever you can take those as prescribed.
- After your surgery, it is important to drink plenty of fluids.
- It is very important that you do not drink through a straw as this can dislodge the blood clot and cause problems.
- Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the surgery occurred and try to eat soft foods or liquids.
- It is important to avoid skipping meals so that your body has the energy to aid in healing.
- Avoid rinsing until 24 hours after your surgery. After this, you can rinse five to six times a day with a warm saltwater mix.
- It is not uncommon to see a discoloration of the skin after swelling occurs. You may see blue, green, yellow, or even black discoloration underneath the tissue. You can apply a moist heat to treat this discoloration.
- If you feel nausea or vomiting after your surgery, avoid taking anything by mouth for at least an hour. Slowly sip a beverage until your nausea subsides and then begin eating solid foods as prescribed.
Dr. El Deeb will place sutures at the extraction site to help speed healing. If these sutures become dislodged, you can simply remove them from your mouth and discard them. Pain from the extraction should subside more each day after the surgery. These sutures are dissolvable, so there is no need to come back into the clinic to remove them. They will fall out by themselves.
Important – Dry Socket Instructions
The extraction site will have an empty space where the tooth was removed, this will fill in with new tissue over the next few months and should be kept clean with a saltwater rinse. If your blood clot gets dislodged early, it can result in a dry socket. This can lead to additional pain at the extraction site. If this happens, contact our office immediately.
Learn More Today
Wisdom teeth extraction may make many patients feel more comfortable and improve your overall dental health. We at Northside Minnesota Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons may be able to help. Call us today at (763) 284-3159 to learn more and schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Will I be able to drive myself home after wisdom teeth extraction?
A. This varies from person to person and the type of anesthesia used. Some patients who were only under a local anesthetic may feel alert enough to drive back home after their procedure, while some may not. However, those who have undergone general anesthesia will need to make arrangements for someone to drive them to and from the operation.
Q. Will I be in pain after wisdom teeth extraction?
A. You should expect some pain and discomfort following the procedure. However, this is generally manageable through administering ice packs and taking over-the-counter pain relievers. The dentist may prescribe you antibiotics, depending on the severity of your procedure.
Q. What can I eat after wisdom teeth extraction?
A. You may not have much of an appetite after getting your wisdom teeth extracted. Still, it is essential to stay hydrated and eat well. Since you do not want to dislodge your blood clot or stitches, stick to soft, low- or no-chew foods for the first few days. Refrain from eating anything hot or hard. Do not drink from a straw or slurp too vigorously from a spoon.
Q. How old do I need to be to have my wisdom teeth extracted?
A. Wisdom teeth can be extracted at any age, depending on the severity and type of impaction. However, complications are less likely in younger adults.
Q. Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from my wisdom teeth extraction?
A. You should exercise caution to avoid dislodging your blood clot or stitches for the first week. This means avoiding smoking, spitting, drinking from a straw, or anything else that might disrupt your healing.
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