Wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most common and well-known dental procedures. While each of us may have our preconceived notions about wisdom tooth removal from talking to our friends or popular culture, it is good to know a little bit about what exactly wisdom tooth extraction is. The team at Bay Dental Group in San Jose, California, has years of experience safely removing wisdom teeth. Call or go online today to schedule your first appointment with Bay Dental Group.
Wisdom teeth, the four molars located in the very back of the mouth, are the last set of teeth to develop, usually emerging sometime between the age of 17 and 25. Sometimes, these teeth can grow in without causing problems.
However, your mouth might be too crowded and your wisdom teeth do not have any room to grow in. When this happens, they can become impacted, growing at weird angles and causing pain and discomfort in your mouth.
If this happens, they need to be surgically removed by a dental professional in a procedure known as wisdom tooth extraction.
Because extracting wisdom teeth is a surgical procedure, local, sedation, or general anesthesia is used depending on the complexity of the procedure for your comfort. The experts at Bay Dental Group will then surgically remove the tooth or teeth, cleaning the area before stitching the wound closed to encourage healing and prevent bleeding.
As the procedure involves removing at least one large tooth, you can expect some amount of pain and swelling afterward. This will include the characteristic puffy cheeks and soreness. In addition, you may experience some bleeding as the wound continues to heal. The pain can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain medications.
Take it easy and refrain from strenuous activities. In addition, do not eat crunchy or sticky foods, as this can damage the wounds from the procedure. You should also not drink any liquids through a straw, as this can cause the blood clot to dislodge.
It is also not a good idea to smoke following the procedure, as this can slow down the healing process. The team at Bay Dental group will provide you with detailed instructions on what steps to take to ensure a healthy recovery from your wisdom tooth extraction.
To learn more about wisdom tooth extraction and what you can expect after the procedure, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment with the team at Bay Dental Group.