Wisdom Teeth: Handling them the Right Way

Wisdom teeth are usually no fun. They can cause tons of pain, become impacted, and often cause issues with surrounding teeth. but fear not; here at Sorento Dental Care we extract wisdom teeth using a very simple procedure. In some cases, wisdom teeth are removed all at once, while in other cases they are extracted one at a time whenever they start loosening up.

How are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

To first answer the dreaded question: no, you shouldn’t feel any pain. Depending on the case, you’ll receive topical anesthetic or sedation. When removing the wisdom tooth, the dentist will open up your gum tissue that is located over the tooth and take out any bone that covers the tooth. Immediately after the tooth removal, dissolvable stitches are put in place. As usual, a cotton gauze pad is usually placed on the wound to stop the bleeding.

Recovery Period

Recovery is the next step, and it typically lasts for a couple days. Typically, we prescribe medication for any pain, which can help speed up the recovery period. Taking care of the teeth after surgery is one of the most important parts. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene. When you are drinking soda, milk or any fluid, avoid using a straw as this will loosen up the blood clot and prolong the healing process.

When resting, make sure that you do not lie flat, as this will prolong the bleeding. To counter this, use a pillow anytime you need to relax. After the first day of recovery is done, rinse your mouth with warm salty water several times during the day. This will reduce the swelling that had built up and finally start to relieve the pain.

If you would like more information on wisdom teeth removal or would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (850) 492-7647. We’re here to help.