The Definitive Guide to Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Even though teeth are meant to last for a lifetime, there are times when tooth extraction in Scarborough becomes a necessity. There are many reasons like crowded teeth and tooth decay as to why an extraction can be necessary.
Wisdom teeth are no different. They are the last teeth that erupt but can become a source of pain when they aren’t at their best. These teeth emerge between the age of 17 and 21. At times, there isn’t enough space for the jaws to accommodate them without having to shift the other teeth.
At this point, our dentist at My Dentist @ Middlefield would suggest wisdom teeth removal.
Facts About Wisdom Teeth
The wisdom teeth might erupt before you reach 25 years. They are also referred to as the “third molars” and are given the name wisdom teeth since they emerge when you are mature. Some people will have an easy time when the wisdom teeth appear while others will have a bout. For the latter, complications like crowded teeth or eruption in the wrong position are experienced.
Our dentist will look for the following as the wisdom teeth grow during a checkup:
- Wisdom teeth that have partially emerged, which can give bacteria a slit where they can enter the gums and cause infection
- Wisdom teeth that aren’t properly positioned, which trap food allowing bacteria to thrive
- A wisdom tooth that is impacted, which form cysts close to the impacted tooth
- Wisdom teeth that have no space for emerging leading to crowding and can damage the surrounding teeth
When Is Extraction Necessary?
Many people will have their wisdom teeth extracted if:
- They are emerging at the wrong angle, which means it’s going to press against the other tooth.
- There is no space for the molars.
- They are impacted and are trapped in the jawbone.
- You either have gum disease or cavities since you cannot reach them properly.
What to Expect During Extraction
Wisdom teeth removal is typically performed as an outpatient procedure which means that you go home after a few hours.
Most people get jittery when they are going to get a wisdom tooth extraction. But it is best if you know what happens during surgery.
Our dentist at My Dentist @ Middlefield will use one of the three available types of anesthesia. The choice is dependent on the complexity of the extraction and your level of comfort. These options are:
- Sedation Anesthesia
Our dentist will administer sedation anesthesia intravenously. This type of anesthesia will suppress your consciousness. You will not experience any pain, and you will have very little recollection of the procedure. Our dentist will also administer local anesthesia to numb your gums.
- Local Anesthesia
Local anesthesia is administered through one or more injections near the tooth, which is to be extracted. Our dentist will probably apply a substance on your gums before you receive the injection to numb them.
You will be awake during the whole procedure, and you might feel some movement and pressure but not pain.
- General Anesthesia
In certain occasions, you might receive general anesthesia. It can be administered intravenously or through inhalation. You will lose consciousness as the surgical team monitor your vitals and medication. You will not experience any pain and will not have any recollection of the procedure.
You will receive local anesthesia to aid in postoperative discomfort.
After administering anesthesia, our dentist will do the following:
- Will expose the tooth and bone by making an incision on the gum.
- The bone blocking access to the root will be removed.
- If the tooth is difficult to remove, it will be divided into pieces for easier removal.
- Removes the tooth
- Cleans the site of any debris
- Closes the wound by stitching it to promote healing, but it is not always necessary.
- Gauze is placed to control bleeding and aid in blood clotting.
Most people will experience little or no pain after surgery. Expect some swelling and mild discomfort for about three days. You might need a few more weeks for the area to be completely healed.
You have to follow our doctor’s instructions for faster recovery. However, here are some tips for the first three days:
- If you have a sore jaw use moist heat
- Use icepacks to curb any swelling
- Eat soft foods
- Brush your teeth a day after surgery
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Take the prescribed medication
- Don’t smoke
- Don’t eat hard or sticky foods
- Don’t rinse your mouth vigorously
- Don’t’ drink through a straw as it can loosen clots.
There is no need to fear wisdom tooth extraction when experienced professionals do it at My Dentist @ Middlefield. Contact us today to book an appointment.