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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

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The wisdom tooth extraction is the most common minor oral surgery. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, usually appear between the ages of 17 and 23.  The extraction of a completely erupted wisdom tooth (ie. the tooth is visible in the mouth) can be performed with a simple extraction under local anasthetic and needs only the use of instruments to elevate and forceps to widen the alveolar bone by slowly wiggling the tooth back and forth until it loosens enough to remove it. If the wisdom tooth either is not fully erupted through the gum line (also called soft tissue) or even impacted, a surgical extraction is required.

This procedure involves incision and the removal of the surrounding bone with a drill. Even though this method is possible under local anasthetica, some patients may prefer to be sedated during the operation. In this case an oral surgeon is needed because general dentists don't have the equipment and skills to provide conventional anesthesia. After the tooth is removed, the wound needs stitches for a better healing. A folded cotton gauze pad applied to the treated area will help stop the
bleeding.

The risks or post-extraction problems you may experience with extracting a wisdom tooth include:

  • Pain and swelling in your gum and tooth socket where the tooth was removed.
  • Bleeding that won't stop about 24 hours after the extraction
  • Difficulty with opening your jaw
  • Persistent sinus opening when a wisdom tooth from the upper jaw is removed
  • Lower lip numbness after the localanethetic wears off
  • Rare side effects, including:
  • Numbness in the mouth or lips that does not go away.1
  • A fractured jaw if the tooth was firmly attached to the jaw bone.
  • An opening into the sinus cavity when a wisdom tooth is removed from the upper jaw.


Recovery Tips

  • While your mouth is numb, be very careful not to bite or burn the inside of your cheek, lip, or your tongue.
  • Try to cool the outside of your cheek with an ice pack for the first 24 hours. To let an ice-cube melt in the mouth is also cooling the inside.
  • Relax after surgery. Reduce activity because it may increase bleeding.
  • Eat soft foods which can be easily chewed and swallowed, such as gelatin, pudding, or a thin soup.
  • Sucking on a straw or excessive rinse of the mouth can loosen the blood clot and delay healing.
  • After the first day, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water or warm camomile tea several times a  day and repeat after every meal or snack.
  • Do not smoke for at least 24 hours after your surgery. Nicotin may break down the blood clot and cause delayed healing and pain, known as "Dry-Socket".
  • Avoid touching the area with your finger or rubbing it with your tongue.
  • Continue to brush carefully your teeth and tongue twice a day. Keeping your mouth very clean will help avoid complications as delayed healing or infections.