Sometimes wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to properly grow in. When this happens they can become infected, putting you at risk of infection and TMJ issues. Wisdom teeth extractions are a relatively simple procedure under the expert hands of your Vallejo Oral Surgery provider. Call our Vallejo, California, office to set up a consultation, or book an appointment using the online booking tool.
Why can’t I just leave my wisdom teeth?
Some people do have enough jaw room for their wisdom teeth to grow in normally, but the majority of us do not. In cases where there isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth to grow in properly, a myriad of oral problems can arise. One of these includes impacted teeth. When this happens you’ll experience pain around the wisdom teeth site. Impacted wisdom teeth cause other problems such as:
- TMJ pain
- Clicking in the jaw
- Trouble opening our mouth
- Increased risk of abscess
- Tooth fusing with the bone
- Other teeth shifting out of position
The sooner you have your wisdom teeth examined the better. The longer you wait the greater your risk of developing serious oral side effects from impacted teeth.
What’s the process for wisdom teeth extractions?
It depends on whether your wisdom teeth are impacted. If your wisdom teeth have emerged from your gums, the extraction process is a bit simpler. In this case, your Vallejo Oral Surgery provider can use a tool called an elevator to loosen your teeth and forceps to pull it out.
But in many cases, wisdom teeth are impacted. That means they are stuck in your jawbone since they have no room to emerge into their proper place. In cases like these, your surgeon will provide you local anesthetics and sedation and possibly even be put under general anesthesia.
Once you’re totally relaxed or asleep, your surgeon will cut into your gums and bone exposing your wisdom teeth. This gives your provider the opportunity to pull your impacted wisdom teeth in pieces.
After the procedure, your dentist will wake you. Depending on the type of sedation or anesthesia used, you might need a friend or family member to drive you home.
Is the recovery period for wisdom teeth extractions lengthy?
It takes a few days to recover from your wisdom teeth extraction and a few weeks for the operation site to totally heal. Right after your procedure, you’ll need to bite down on gauze until any lingering bleeding has stopped.
The first few days your jaw and operation site will feel a bit sore. Your surgeon might provide you some medication to help with the pain and offer instruction about NSAID pain reliever usage. You might also be prescribed a steroid to help with swelling and an antibiotic to decrease the risk of infection.
Make sure to only eat soft foods for the first few days to not aggravate the procedure site and don’t drink with a straw or smoke. This can cause your clot to dislodge causing painful dry sockets.
Book your wisdom teeth extractions consultation today by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.
DOES IT HURT WHEN REMOVING WISDOM TEETH?
When the surgeon removes your wisdom teeth you will receive a local anaesthetic to numb the area. Your surgeon will be on hand to add more local anaesthetic if during the surgery you are still feeling pain. The surgeon can also give you a sedative to help you relax. This is a great help if you have any dental fear or anxiety. Before the extraction your surgeon will consult with you the options of anaesthetic and sedation so that your extraction will be comfortable and free from pain.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TOOTH EXTRACTION?
You will still feel drowsy after your extraction because of the sedation. Make sure there is someone on hand to take you back to your home as you will be unable to drive. It’s also a good idea to rest for 24 hours after the extraction giving you time to recuperate. The hole that is left from the extraction will form a blood clot. You will need to protect this until the area is healed. It is not advisable to rinse vigorously or to drink through a straw. You will also need to make some adjustments to your diet, sticking to soft foods and avoiding hot liquids until the area starts to heal.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER AFTER REMOVING A TOOTH?
You will likely continue feeling some pain after the anaesthetic wears off. The area will continue to show signs of swelling and maybe slight bleeding for 24 hours too. If after 4 hours you are still experiencing a great amount of pain or heavy bleeding then contact your surgeon. You should also call if you a suffering the following symptoms:
- Signs of infection, including fever
- Nausea or vomiting
- An excessive discharge
- Cough, shortness of breath or chest pain.
The gum should start to heal over by about one or two weeks after the extraction and the bone will start to fill in the gap below.