Tooth Extraction of the wisdom teeth, specifically. This is oftentimes due to having a jaw too small to accommodate them, impaction, partial breakthrough of the gums that can cause contaminants to get in, or gum disease, and tooth decay where the wisdom teeth are.
Much like a regular tooth extraction, the dentist will begin the procedure by applying either a local or general anesthetic. General anesthetic is typically administered when more than one wisdom tooth is being pulled and will allow you to sleep through the procedure. Extraction of the wisdom tooth will begin with the dentist opening the gum tissue that directly covers the tooth and removing any bone that may also be covering the tooth. The tissue connecting tooth to bone will be separated and the tooth, removed. This, also seen in regular tooth extraction, may allow for the tooth to be taken out whole, or it may need to be taken out in little pieces. Following the extraction, stitches may be necessary.
- First 24 Hours – Limit activity, do not smoke. Be careful not to bite your cheek or lip while your mouth is numb.
- Managing Bleeding – Bite gauze gently. Prop your head up, as laying down can prolong bleeding. Call your surgeon if you are still experiencing bleeding 24 hours after surgery.
- Pain Relief and Management – Apply ice for 15-20 minutes at a time or use a moist-heat source such as a washcloth. Both will relieve pain and swelling.
- Avoid irritating the extraction site by rubbing it with your tongue, or picking at it with your fingers.
- Eat soft foods.
- After 24 Hours – Rinse with saltwater several times a day.
Dr. Yousaf provides wisdom teeth removal for the residents of Stafford County, Quantico Base, Manassas, Woodbridge, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Garrisonville, and Roseville, VA.