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Wisdom Teeth Removal – What to Expect

wisdom teeth removalWisdom teeth removal is a common procedure for the many that do not have enough room in their mouth for this final set of teeth. While the thought of having 4 molars extracted can be overwhelming, especially to the younger adults that typically undergo it, the procedure is fairly routine and straightforward and healing is quick provided you follow your dentist’s instructions carefully.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

Dr. Michael Alsouss at AMA Dental gives his patients a list of instructions to prepare for their extraction, which may include things like not eating the morning of the extraction and not taking certain types of medication. During the wisdom teeth removal there will be a couple of different types of anesthesia available to you. The most common is local anesthesia, which will numb your mouth at the site of injection so you cannot feel the pain. Sedation anesthesia is also available for those that may feel anxious about the procedure, this type of anesthesia suppresses your consciousness so you will not remember the procedure and the wont experience any pain. General anesthesia is rarely ever used but is available for special circumstances.

Recovery After Extraction

During the wisdom teeth removal procedure, the doctor will cut the gums and divide the tooth if necessary in order to remove it. The final step of wisdom tooth extraction will be to clean the site, stitch up the wound if necessary, and pack it with gauze to control bleeding. Once this is completed you will be able to leave the dentist’s office, barring any recovery time needed if you have been sedated.

Once home you will need to watch for excessive bleeding and use care to make sure that you do not remove the blood clots forming at the wound sites. Pain management will come from over the counter pain relievers or in some cases a pain medication prescribed by the doctor. You may notice some swelling or bruising, this is normal.

Final thoughts

It is essential that you rest the first day but most normal activities can be resumed after that. Strenuous activity should be avoided for a few days, so that the clots are not dislodged. You should not drink from a straw, avoid caffeine and alcohol and stick with soft foods for the first 24 hours to avoid irritating the wound or dislodging the blood clot.

Need to have your wisdom teeth removed and not sure where to start? Call AMA Dental today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Michael Alsouss to talk to him about wisdom teeth removal.

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