Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth extractions are carried out by dentists and dedicated specialist surgeons in hospitals. In the majority of cases, it is a necessity to get them removed as they can cause a fair amount of complications for the patient. Besides the unhinging and constant pain, people can find it extremely hard to eat or talk with swelling at the back of their mouths.
Wisdom teeth extractions are one of the most common dental procedures, with nearly 85 percent of the population undergoing a treatment to get them removed before they turn 30. If you are dealing with pain and discomfort due to impacted wisdom teeth, know that you are not alone and you do not have to endure the pain. At Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS we take special measures when treating patients with impacted wisdom teeth to ensure they are feeling comfortable the entire time.
Who Undergoes Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Most adults will get their wisdom teeth extracted at some point. While most people undergo a surgery due to pain from emerging wisdom teeth, others might do it as a preventative measure following their dentist’s recommendation. We have technology these days that lets us determine whether or not you have enough room in your mouth for four new molars in advance.
Majority of wisdom teeth extraction procedures are carried out when the patient is unable to face the repercussions of having not enough room for four new molars. Our jaws have evolved and so has our facial skeleton, therefore the need for wisdom teeth has diminished completely. That is one of the reasons they are considered as vestigial organs.
Many people prefer to be under the influence of anesthesia while undergoing a wisdom teeth extraction procedure to bypass pain and anxiety. Depending on the extent of impact endured by the wisdom teeth and your tolerance towards pain, our dentists will pick the right type of anesthetic so your surgery can be as smooth as possible.
If you are undergoing wisdom teeth extraction as a preventative measure, and your teeth have not emerged yet, then our dentist will start by making small incisions around the site to get access to the underlying teeth. However, if they have emerged partially, our dentist may cut through parts of the teeth to ensure it can be removed easily. You might feel some pressure but not pain while the teeth are being extracted as the area will be numb.
The surgery usually takes less than 30 minutes but you might experience some pain and swelling around the extraction site. We will prescribe painkillers to alleviate the pain but feel free to use an ice pack for the swelling. Be mindful though and do not maintain contact between your skin and an ice pack for too long, as it may lead to ice burn.
Most importantly, avoid any physical or strenuous activities that can apply pressure on the wounds. Consider taking a day off school or work and rest as much as possible. At all costs, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol while the stitches are still healing.
If you are anxious or have any questions about the procedure, our caring and highly experienced staff at Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS can walk you through each step of the surgery. They will take all of the necessary steps to make the surgery as least intrusive as possible. If you would like to speak with our staff or book an appointment over the phone, you can reach us at (315) 800-5020.