Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Angier, NC
Safe and Effective Solutions for Problematic Wisdom Teeth
If there’s one thing that can bring people together, it’s the reality of wisdom teeth. While most people have wisdom teeth, it’s rare that they aren’t also accompanied by dental issues. Accent Family Dentistry works hard to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible when providing treatments, but that doesn’t mean an extraction won’t be needed for very specific cases. If you need your wisdom tooth removed, you can rest knowing that your comfort and safety is always a top priority. Request an appointment today to get started!
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, previously functioned as replacement molars. They typically appear in your late teens and early twenties, but this can vary for everyone. According to scientists, wisdom teeth are now considered ancestral artifacts because they are no longer needed for survival. In the past, the hunter-gatherer populations that roamed the earth would need these teeth when their primary molars fell out prematurely. This was because oral care did not exist in the way it does in modern society. Additionally, achieving a balanced diet was nowhere near as simple as it is today.
Why are Third Molars Removed?
As a result of improved oral care and access to different foods, wisdom teeth tend to pose more of a problem today, rather than a solution. A few of these problems include:
How are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
If your wisdom tooth is fully visible, extracting them is a relatively simple process. After numbing the tooth and the surrounding gum tissue to help you achieve optimal comfort, Dr. Gong will gently begin loosening the tooth from its supportive structures, including the periodontal ligament. If the tooth is trapped underneath gum tissue or a nearby tooth, we’ll need to include the additional step of making a small incision in your gums to access it. Either way, a pair of dental forceps will then be used to grab and remove the tooth from your jaw.
What Happens After Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Once treatment is complete, you should have a friend or family member drive you home as well as keep track of your recovery. Keep the gauze pad provided to you on your tooth to promote clot formation and absorb blood. Replace the gauze pad as needed, but keep the socket covered for at least two days.
Keep in mind that swelling and inflammation of the cheeks and jawline is relatively normal in the first few days following recovery. Use ice packs in 20-minute intervals to reduce these side effects.
Finally, make sure to get plenty of rest and avoid any strenuous activities for the next 48 hours. Take prescription painkillers as needed and avoid using straws during the healing period. If you notice continuous bleeding or pain after a week or longer, return to our office as soon as possible.