Wisdom Teeth Removal in Southbridge, MA and Pomfret, CT
If you're experiencing pain in or around your wisdom teeth due to impacting, or you have another tooth that is causing you problems, there is a relatively simple procedure to remove them. Failure to remove wisdom teeth can cause them to press against other teeth, or against the jaw itself, pushing them out of place over time and causing discomfort while eating and speaking.
Who Needs to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Usually, wisdom teeth that erupt normally and don't cause any additional issues in the region do not need to be removed. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth can grow sideways or completely below the gum line. This can not only cause the misalignment of surrounding teeth, but partially impacted wisdom teeth can cause painful infections in the gums as they are extremely difficult to clean properly. In more serious cases, tumors and cysts form around wisdom teeth and can lead to additional problems that require supplemental surgeries. In many cases, to avoid potential risks like these, preventative surgery is recommended to remove the teeth before they can harm nearby tooth alignment or jaw development.
What Happens During the Procedure?
Dr. John R. Kashmanian, D.M.D. has your health and comfort in mind at all times. Depending on the severity of a wisdom tooth's impaction, local, general, or sedation anesthetic may be recommended for the procedure, an option that we perform in-house. The first step in removing an impacted wisdom tooth is to expose the tooth and jaw areas in question by performing a small incision. With proper access, the tooth can then be divided into smaller, easily-extracted portions. These sections can be individually removed so as to not cause additional trauma to teeth and gums in the region. After each piece is successfully removed, the gums can be cleaned and resealed, often with biodegradable sutures that will absorb into your bloodstream over time. Occasionally, gauze is used to help form a clot.
What Happens Post-Operation?
While most wisdom teeth extractions are completed without issue, there is often a brief recovery time between 24 hours to several days. During this time, the affected region must be restricted to avoid additional pain and bleeding. Particularly difficult cases may result in a painful empty socket, which is difficult to maintain. It can become clogged with food debris, and, if not properly cleaned, could become infected. In most cases, the moderate swelling and bruising can be handled with ice packs and proper rest. Additional rest will usually be necessary to avoid aggravating the region. Most dentists and surgeons suggest avoiding hard foods, alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco for a minimum of 24 hours. Always drink lots of water after the surgery, but avoid doing so with a straw because it could upset the clotting in the region. Overall, expect a moderate amount of pain and a several-day recuperation period before returning to normal activities.
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