Wisdom Tooth Extraction | TTB

We have all heard of the horror stories about people having their wisdom teeth being removed. We have also seen many silly videos of the aftermath of the procedure. If you don’t have any wisdom teeth, count yourself lucky. 85% of people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted. There are many reasons as to why they need to be removed such as overcrowding, impaction, or sinus issues. Overcrowding can undo the effects of orthodontic treatments such as braces. Lack of space in the mouth can lead to impaction and misalignment. Impaction can lead to tooth decay, damage to oral structures and other teeth, and a cyst may develop around the impaction which can lead to jawbone or tooth damage. Sinuses help us breathe easier and having wisdom teeth, which are close to our sinuses, can give us headaches or sinus infections.

So, who can remove wisdom teeth? While a general dentist can perform the procedure, an oral surgeon is trained to extract wisdom teeth using IV sedation. IV sedation is when the dentist injects a needle into their patient’s arm that delivers the sedative into the bloodstream. This type of sedation is ideal because it helps the patient relax during the procedure and it is best if they experience dental anxiety. As I mentioned earlier, an oral surgeon deals with more wisdom tooth extraction cases than a general dentist. Oral surgeons train four to six years after dental school and a majority of that training is removing wisdom teeth.

So, you go to your general dentist and you find out you have one or more wisdom teeth. What happens next? Depending on how much room you have in your mouth, you might not need to have them removed. However, if you don’t have a lot of room, you can be sent to an oral surgeon to have them taken out. Let’s take a look at how the procedure will look like.

Prior to your appointment, you should have cleaned your teeth and not ate or drank anything six hours before the extraction.

Anesthesia

  • Before your procedure, you will receive anesthesia to numb the area that will be worked on.

During Extraction

  • If the tooth has come through the gum, a small incision is made on the gum to access the tooth.

After the Procedure

  • If the dentist made an incision, they will use dissolving stitches to seal the gum.

What to Avoid After the Procedure

  • Drinking alcohol or smoking

Overall, the process of removing wisdom teeth isn’t the worst. After about seven days, things should be back to normal. Just hope you don’t get your dopey video posted!

Sources:

https://ladycode.blog/2015/08/25/surviving-wisdom-tooth-extraction-101/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/wisdom-tooth-removal/what-happens/

https://www.pineypointoms.com/wisdom-teeth-extractions.html#expect

https://healthcare.utah.edu/the-scope/shows.php?shows=0_kbsgyupm

https://corsondentistry.com/why-do-most-people-have-their-wisdom-teeth-pulled/

http://www.montefioredental.com/wisdom-tooth-removal/do%E2%80%99s-and-don%E2%80%99ts-after-wisdom-teeth-removal/

Written by: Eveline Chaidez

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