having wisdom tooth pain?
We’ve all heard about it.
The inevitable wisdom tooth extraction. It’s a common problem that occurs in most people when rear teeth become impacted, running out of room before they can achieve full growth. Dentists often have no option but to pull the teeth in order to spare patients from further injury such as pain or infection.
In actuality, it’s not so bad. It’s a simple appointment that utilizes sedation for a quick procedure with minimal pain.
The term wisdom teeth refers to the four teeth in the back top and bottom corners of your mouth. These teeth are actually the third molars and are the final teeth to grow in your mouth, usually sometime between 17 and 25 years of age, although some individuals never grow them at all. Because these teeth are the last to develop, sometimes there simply just isn’t enough room, and dental professionals are forced to intervene.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a popular procedure within the field of dentistry, and one that Dr. Huynh is uniquely qualified and experienced to handle within our Mesa, Arizona office.
Wisdom teeth can come in many forms.
While some people never grow third molars at all, it is also possible for people to grow partially impacted teeth. This means they grow in under the gum line or at a severe angled, disrupting the natural placement of the surrounding teeth.
The repercussions of impacted wisdom teeth can go beyond minor discomfort, too:
- Cysts filled with fluid around the affected tooth
- Severe pain
- Periodontal disease
- Plaque and tooth decay
- Damage to surrounding teeth
- Changes to your bite and ability to chew
- Interference with orthodontics
To remove your wisdom teeth, it requires a procedure performed by either a qualified, experienced dentist or oral surgeon.
Dr. Huynh has been a trusted name for wisdom teeth extraction within the Mesa, Arizona community for decades.
There are several factors that will impact how your particular case will be handled:
- If there are multiple teeth with issue
- The kind of anesthesia recommended or required
- The severity of the case
- Exposure to nerve
- Recovery time
- Any follow-up procedures that may be required
Depending on the complexity of your case and your comfort level, Dr. Huynh may recommend one of several kinds of anesthesia available:
- Local anesthesia - Immediate, temporary relief comes in the form of Novocaine, delivered via a quick injection of Novocaine into the gums, or breathing nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. Numbing will last throughout the surgery, but you’ll be immediately alert afterward.
- Sedation - Administered through an IV in your arm, this will numb your entire mouth. Some patients actually sleep during the entire procedure!
- General anesthesia - This form of full anesthesia invokes a general lack of consciousness throughout the entire procedure. Administered via IV or a breathing mask, you will be in a deep sleep throughout the procedure and will need additional recovery time to awaken after the completion of surgery.
Most often, however, wisdom tooth extraction is simply an outpatient procedure.
A small incision is made into the gum tissue in order to extract the ill-formed bone. In some cases, the tooth is so impacted that it may need to be broken so that it can be successfully removed. After the tooth is removed, the entire area will be thoroughly cleaned and sterilized to prevent future decay or debris. Stitches may be required occasionally to hasten the healing process, but they are not always required. Often if stitches are used, they are self-dissolving, eliminating the need for professional removal. Gauze will also be applied to provide cushion and protection against the wound, encouraging the growth of blood clots.
Our team will ensure that you are properly informed on the details of the procedure, as well as any necessary before and after-care.
Patients typically experience swelling and bruising; some bleeding is normal immediately after the procedure. Prescription medication may supplement or be substituted for normal over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol and Aleve. Cold packs are very helpful, as well.
Patients are able to resume their normal activities by the next day, although Dr. Huynh recommends avoiding strenuous activity for a minimum of one week.
Additional instructions will be given at the conclusion of your appointment, as specific to your personalized treatment plan.
Follow up appointments are generally only required in the event of complications.
Our experienced, talented team at our Mesa, Arizona office will help you prepare for your appointment, scheduling a consultation with your personal dental team and supporting your throughout the entire process.
You can trust Eastport Dental to safely and accurately handle wisdom tooth extraction for you and your entire family!
Request an appointment today for wisdom tooth extraction with Dr. Huynh at Eastport Dental!
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