There are many reasons for having your tooth pulled: infection, risk of infection, gum disease, crowded mouth.
About Wisdom Teeth
The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the final set of molars to erupt. If you think you need your wisdom teeth pulled, schedule a visit with us to find out. Not everyone keeps these teeth, and they are not necessary for having a healthy, beautiful smile. If they do not come in properly, they can actually cause harm. Usually between the ages of 16 and 20, when the wisdom teeth come in, there may not be enough room left for them to erupt. As a result, they can emerge at an angle, crowd the mouth, or sometimes they don’t fully emerge–pushing against other teeth. This can lead to future oral health problems like infections and pain.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that people have their mouth checked before age 20 to see how the wisdom teeth are erupting and for wisdom teeth impaction while the roots are still developing. If necessary, a dentist or an oral surgeon can remove the final molars in a single outpatient procedure. Tooth extraction is a form of major surgery. While in general anesthesia or local anesthesia options are used to make wisdom teeth removal a more comfortable procedure, pain and discomfort are a part of the process, especially after the anesthesia wears off. After your teeth are pulled, wisdom teeth recovery time begins.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction / Removal
Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth. Your wisdom teeth are the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom.
If a wisdom tooth doesn’t have room to grow, this can result in pain. Other things that could happen are infection or other dental problems related to crowing of your teeth, and the tooth/teeth will need to be pulled. Depending on the case, wisdom tooth extraction may be done by a dentist or an oral surgeon.
To prevent potential problems, we sometimes recommend wisdom tooth extraction even if impacted teeth aren’t currently causing you problems.
A simple tooth extraction is referred to the procedure of removing a tooth which has an upright position and the process of removing it would be considered “simple”.
A complex tooth extraction is where the process is not as straightforward as pulling it straight out. There are a multitude of ways for teeth to position themselves, sometimes they are under the gum line and pointing in various directions, for example, and the process to take them out may involve surgery under anesthesia.
Even simple tooth extractions might end up as complex ones if, for example a decayed tooth is being pulled out but it cracks and part of the root is left in the jaw.
At Peña Adobe Dental, we are prepared to handle these situations or refer you to our trusted dental surgeons. Once a tooth is pulled out the first thing to make sure of is to check that the tooth is completely removed, without remaining pieces or roots left behind.
Removing a tooth is a careful process and it requires the expertise of a well-trained oral surgeon and also the professional assessment of the position and the knowledge of the risks that this procedure might involve.
At Peña Adobe Dental we are especially conscientious of the impact that removing a tooth can have on your overall health. If you are experiencing any pain or would like to know if an extraction is the proper route, please don’t hesitate to call us today for the best care and recommendation possible.
Taking Care of Yourself After Surgery
After getting your wisdom teeth pulled, you are likely to experience pain and swelling. There may be some bleeding. While your mouth heals, you have to be careful not to dislodge the blood clot or harm your healing gums. You should not consume solid foods, alcohol, coffee, soda or hot beverages in the first few days following your procedure. You shouldn’t even brush your teeth for the first day of recovery. Typical wisdom teeth recovery time is three to four days, although it can be as long as one week. The length of recovery depends a lot on how badly the wisdom teeth were impacted and how they were erupting.
There are plenty of things you can do to make the recovery time easier. Plan on taking it easy for a few days; you can resume your normal activities after the first day in most cases, but for about a week you do not want to do anything that could dislodge the blood clot from where your teeth were removed. For the pain, you can take a prescription pain killer given to you by your oral surgeon or recommended over-the-counter pain relievers. To help with the swelling, place an ice pack over your jaw. The cold helps to reduce the inflammation and ease any discomfort.
After your procedure, you will be instructed on how to take care of your mouth for the recovery period. You may be told to avoid brushing, spitting, flossing and rinsing for 24 hours. After that, you can gently brush your teeth. Rinse your mouth with salt water frequently to help keep it clean and prevent an infection. Stock up on apple sauce, yogurt, cottage cheese and other soft foods. You want to eat a soft-food diet for the first day or more and then slowly move to semi-soft foods when you are ready.
The recovery period can take several days and in some cases there may still be swelling and discomfort for a week or more. Use ice packs, enjoy soft foods and keep your mouth clean with simple salt water. If you notice any unusual symptoms like pus discharge, severe pain or a fever, call your oral surgeon right away. While complications such as an infection are rare, they are possible.
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Peña Adobe Dental Care
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161 Butcher Road
Vacaville, CA 95687
(707) 448 – 6456