Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people have at the back of their mouths. While wisdom teeth are sometimes fully formed, they also may be partially or completely unerupted. When this happens, they may cause pain, infection, or other problems. If they aren’t removed, they can become impacted, which means they’re stuck in the jawbone and can’t break the surface, all of which require an extraction procedure to be performed.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a dental procedure where a dentist removes a tooth from its socket to relieve pain and infection or to prevent future problems.
Preparation for Wisdom Teeth Extraction
When you visit a dentist for wisdom teeth extraction, they will perform a general examination of your dental and overall health. It is important that you do not have any active infections in your mouth or have suffered from any dental trauma. If the dentist finds any such problem, they will treat it before performing the extraction procedure.
It is essential that you refrain from consuming any kind of food and beverages for eight hours before your appointment time. It will help your dentist to perform the procedure with ease.
Procedure for Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Local anesthesia will be administered to keep you relaxed during the procedure. A rubber dam is placed across your lower gums to keep them dry and clean. The dentist will then use forceps to remove the wisdom tooth from its socket carefully. They will also remove any bone fragments and clean the impacted site to avoid complications later on. The gum tissue will be closed with sutures and covered with a gauze pad to control bleeding.
Follow-up Care After Wisdom Teeth Extraction
After the extraction procedure, you may experience some discomfort in your gums, but it gets resolved soon. You can take over-the-counter painkillers as directed by your dentist to reduce pain and swelling. You can resume your daily activities immediately after the procedure, but you should avoid strenuous activity for a few days. Do not brush or floss the extraction site until your dentist gives you permission to do so.
Follow your dentist’s instructions on how to care for your mouth after the extraction procedure. The site of extraction should be kept clean using an antibiotic ointment provided by your dentist. Take proper rest so that you get healed soon and avoid placing anything other than ice on your face as it can increase bleeding due to bruising, etc.
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