Wondering what to expect during a wisdom teeth removal in Toronto? When your wisdom teeth are coming in or have been around for years, it’s time to consider wisdom teeth extraction. But not to worry! Wisdom teeth surgery is nothing to be scared of! Wisdom teeth removal is a rather simple and common procedure in dentistry. In fact, we’ve performed hundreds here at Ora Dental.
As either the second or final pair of adult teeth an individual develops, wisdom teeth usually come in during the late teenage years or early adulthood. One of the most common reasons for wisdom teeth removal is pain. But if you are not experiencing pain, it’s still imperative a dentist examine your teeth and jaw to determine the best course of action.
Wisdom teeth removal is a rather quick procedure, and recovery usually only takes 2-7 days; however, before you consider any kind of procedure or surgery, it’s important you are well-informed. We’re here to provide you a clear explanation of what wisdom teeth removal is like. Here are some things you should know:
Before removing a wisdom tooth, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be extracted. A general anesthetic may be used, especially if several or all of your wisdom teeth will be removed simultaneously. The anesthetic will prevent you from feeling pain by causing you to sleep through the procedure. It is recommended that you don’t eat or drink after midnight on the night before surgery.
To remove the wisdom tooth, the gum tissue over the tooth will be carefully opened up over any bone that is covering the tooth that will be taken out. Next, the tissue connecting the tooth to the bone will be separated and then the tooth will be removed. If necessary, the tooth will be cut into smaller, more manageable pieces for removal.
After the tooth is removed, stitches may be required. Your dentists will inform you if your stitches are dissolvable or if you will have to follow up to have them removed. A folded cotton gauze pad will be placed to help stop the bleeding. These pads will need to be replaced throughout your healing process – all explained below.
Here are some tips that should be followed to best promote your post-surgery care: