The Ins and Outs of Wisdom Teeth Removal

January 19, 2023
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Having wisdom teeth extractions can make you nervous. However, if it does more harm than good, there is no option but to have a wisdom teeth removal procedure. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the teeth at the back of your mouth and are usually the last to erupt. They typically emerge between the ages of 17 to 25. For most people, their wisdom teeth grow normally, while for others, that is not the case. This is because they may develop impacted wisdom teeth due to a lack of room in the mouth to erupt normally. Here at Yes dental, we offer expert dentist wisdom teeth removal using the latest procedures to ensure the best outcome and improved quality of life. 

How Is a Wisdom Tooth Removed?

Your dentist may do the wisdom teeth removal procedure, or they may refer you to a specialist surgeon. Before the procedure, your dentist will use either local anesthesia, sedation anesthesia, or general anesthesia to numb the area to minimize pain and discomfort. Impacted wisdom teeth removal depends on how your teeth have grown. If your wisdom tooth has broken through the surface of your gums, the procedure is straightforward, just like a normal tooth extraction. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, your oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum surface to expose the bone and remove it to access the tooth. Your wisdom tooth may be divided into portions for easier removal. The area will be cleaned to remove debris and stitched up for faster healing (optional).

How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?

Your dentist will give you accurate pricing for your wisdom teeth extraction during your consultation. The pricing for your wisdom teeth removal surgery will depend on the following factors: 

  • The complexity of the case
  • The number of extractions
  • Type of anesthesia to be used (general or local)

How Long Does It Take to Remove Wisdom Teeth?

This varies depending on the complexity of the procedure. A simple wisdom teeth extraction can take a few minutes, while a complex one may take 20 minutes or more.

Is Wisdom Tooth Extraction (Using Surgery) Very Painful?

Wisdom tooth extraction is usually done under anesthesia; therefore, you should not feel any pain. If you feel pain during your wisdom teeth removal surgery, inform your surgeon so that they can adjust your anesthetic. You might feel some pressure as your tooth leaves the socket, but anesthesia makes the process more comfortable. After the procedure, you might experience some discomfort and pain, which can be relieved by taking over-the-counter pain medication. 

Can All Dentists Extract Wisdom Teeth? 

Wisdom teeth removal can be done by a surgeon specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgery if it is a complex process. Your dentist might take an X-ray of your mouth to help determine the best person to perform the wisdom teeth removal surgery. Other professionals that can perform your tooth extraction include:

  • A general dentist 
  • Dental board-registered specialists specializing in the field of jaw and mouth surgery

What Is the Recovery Time for Wisdom Tooth Surgery? 

Wisdom teeth removal surgery recovery can take up to two weeks. You might have a swollen mouth and cheeks and general soreness in these areas as you heal, especially in the first few days, which gradually dissipates after a few days. Your dentist will provide clear instructions on caring for your surgical site after surgery. Pain can be managed using ibuprofen and prescription pain medication. Your healing will also depend on your overall health, surgical technique, and adherence to the post-operative instructions given by your dentist.

If you're looking for a dentistry practice that offers wisdom teeth removal surgery near you or if you would like more information on wisdom teeth extractions and other services we offer, contact Yes dental today or schedule an appointment online.

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