Wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States. It’s also often the first surgery that many people experience, so it’s understandable that you might be feeling nervous before your wisdom tooth extraction! If your dentist recommended removing your wisdom teeth, here is everything you need to know about what to expect during the extraction.

During the Procedure

Depending on the complexity of the surgery, your dentist might use one or more types of anesthesia to ensure you don’t feel any discomfort. Local anesthesia, sedation and general anesthesia can be used for a number of cases. Your dentist will always recommend the best solution for your situation and work to make sure you are as comfortable as possible.

During the wisdom tooth extraction, the surgical procedures your dentist utilizes will vary depending on where your teeth are located in the gums and jaw. If a tooth is fully impacted, an incision might be made in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone. The tooth may also be painlessly divided into sections to remove it as quickly and smoothly as possible. Again, you will not feel anything during the procedure other than pressure.

Once the tooth has been removed, the site will be cleaned to ensure that the gums can heal properly. The wound might be stitched closed to help the healing process along, but it might not be necessary. Gauze will also be placed over the site(s) to control bleeding, encourage clot formation and prevent you from biting the site when you cannot feel your mouth.

After the Procedure

Your dentist will give you detailed instructions on how to care for the surgery site and yourself after surgery. Expect to take over-the-counter pain medicine and ice packs as directed to ease any swelling, bruising or pain. Take it easy for the day following your surgery and avoid any strenuous activity for a week. Drink plenty of water and eat only soft foods. Avoid anything with seeds or anything hard, chewy, hot or spicy. We will always provide you with all necessary aftercare information.

OneSource Dental Can Complete Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction

We know that a wisdom tooth extraction can be an intense and scary process, which is why we always go above and beyond to educate our patients beforehand. In our office, we make every effort to make your experience as comfortable and relaxed as possible. To schedule your exam or learn more about wisdom tooth extractions, give us a call today at (813) 879-9299. We look forward to keeping your smile bright and healthy!