There are many reasons to extract your wisdom teeth. Sometimes they can come in sideways and become impacted, and they could also cause overcrowding with the other teeth in your mouth or one or more teeth might develop serious tooth decay.
Your dentist can sometimes remove the teeth during a simple appointment or he may feel it is necessary to refer you to an oral surgeon who specializes in wisdom tooth extraction. The extraction procedure is usually scheduled several days or even weeks in advance, giving you time to prepare.
If your dentist or oral surgeon recommends using sedation dentistry for the procedure, you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home. If the teeth are not impacted, your dentist might be able to remove them after numbing the area with novocaine. It is also a good idea to ask a friend or family member to spend the following day with you to help you get back on your feet.
The procedure itself is rather straightforward. Once the teeth are removed and you are completely awake, you will need to bite down on some sterile gauze for 30 to 45 minutes to stop any residual bleeding.
Your dentist or oral surgeon might prescribe pain killers or anti-inflammatory medication to help deal with pain and swelling.
For two to three days after the procedure, you will need to be careful to only eat soft foods. For some people, this reduced caloric intake can leave them feeling weak. So, if possible, you should try to schedule the procedure before a weekend or take few days off of work to give you additional recovery time.
If you have questions about whether or not you should have a wisdom tooth extraction, please feel free to call us at 214-613-1500 to schedule an appointment.