While some people have no troubles with their wisdom teeth at all, most adults experience some kind of pain or ache when their wisdom teeth decide to push through.
For that reason, most adults have at least one of their wisdom teeth removed in their lifetime. Here at TriState Dental Care, our professional dentists are well versed in the art of wisdom teeth removal, and can answer any questions you may have before the process begins.
Want to know how wisdom teeth are removed and what your recovery will look like? Read on to find out more, or book an appointment with us at TriState Dental Care, Dakota Dunes, South Dakota.
How are wisdom teeth removed?
First thing’s first: how on earth does a dentist remove a wisdom tooth?
Before the extraction, your dentist will take x-rays of your wisdom teeth, and determine the position of the tooth they are looking to remove. They will then consider any potential issues, such as the tooth’s proximity to other teeth, or any infections that are present.
Once the issues are ironed out, your dentist will administer a local anaesthetic inside your mouth. This is done in the form of an injection, and will cause your mouth to be totally numb, so no pain is felt during the procedure.
Next, your dentist will make a small incision in your gum if needed, then begin extracting the tooth. You might feel a bit of movement in your gum, but due to the numbing effect of the anaesthetic, you won’t feel any pain!
After the tooth is pulled out, your dentist might stitch up the incision, or otherwise apply a dressing to prevent infection.
How long does it take to recover from wisdom teeth removal?
Wisdom teeth removal is one of the more invasive dental procedures you can have, meaning that it can take some time to recover.
Most wisdom tooth extraction recoveries last up to a week. During the recovery process, your gum in the affected area might feel sore at first, and your dentist may advise that you stick to soft foods during those first few days.
You may also be advised to swill salt water a few times per day to clean the area, helping to avoid bacterial buildup or even an infection.
Ultimately, your mouth should feel totally back to normal after around seven days. If there was already an infection or extreme irritation present before the extraction, this recovery time could be longer, due to the previous aggravation your wisdom tooth was causing.
Book a wisdom tooth consultation at TriState Dental Care, Dakota Dunes
Are you local to Dakota Dunes, South Dakota? Do you have wisdom teeth that are bothering you? Call us today to book a consultation with one of our dentists at TriState Dental Care, so you can make a plan for how to deal with those pesky wisdom teeth!