The extraction of any tooth is a routine treatment in dental surgery. If you want to save your other teeth and avoid dental issues in the future, this is a common preventive strategy. You should feel better within a few days and be able to resume your routine if you get a tooth extracted. Our experienced dentist is very gentle, she knows how to keep you comfortable during an extraction procedure. Get in touch with our friendly staff today, for no-pain extraction.
while extracting wisdom teeth is not much different than extracting any other molar, there is usually fear associated with wisdom teeth extraction!
What are wisdom teeth?
Your wisdom teeth are the last molars (the third molar teeth). They often emerge in your twenties or late teens. There are cases in which the wisdom tooth does not emerge completely due to adjacent teeth or bone impact. The result is a gum flap that covers the tooth. Others become unnaturally long.
You should have four wisdom teeth; if you have all four, one sits in each of the four corners of the mouth.
How do you know if you need wisdom teeth removed?
From time to time, all four wisdom teeth emerge without any complications. Yet, wisdom teeth often develop sideways or get stuck (impacted) in the jawbone or beneath the gums. It might lead to several issues. The following situations may prompt your dentist to suggest wisdom tooth extraction/removal in North Vancouver:
- Feel discomfort in the back of your mouth from a molar.
- Capture food and dirt around your wisdom teeth.
- Have gum disease, especially in the back where your teeth are.
- Have cavities in a wisdom tooth that has only half erupted.
- Get a cyst, a fluid-filled sac, around one or more of your wisdom teeth.
- Have suffered harm to adjacent teeth or bone.
Getting your wisdom teeth pulled might be a prophylactic treatment that your dentist recommends. Hence, even if you don’t experience any discomfort, your dentist may still advise you to have your wisdom teeth removed. It may help lower your risk of future issues such as infections and dental decay. However, remember, prevention is always better.
How are wisdom teeth diagnosed?
Your doctor will want to check the wisdom and other teeth in the area before doing any work on them. They will take panoramic or digital x-rays to assess the wisdom teeth’s location and identify any existing issues or possible causes for concern. The x-rays may show other dangers, such as decay or degradation of neighboring teeth.
If you need your wisdom teeth extracted, you should have an examination and treatment as early as possible to detect potential difficulties and enhance outcomes.
Types of tooth extractions
It is not always possible to prevent having teeth extracted as an adult. Your dentist can perform both simple and surgical extractions on your teeth. Unlike dental surgical extraction, which often requires an incision into the connective tissue to get access to the tooth to be removed, simple dental extraction is performed to remove teeth that are visible and readily accessible.
Simple dental extraction
This common technique is performed by general dentists, who numb the region using a local anesthetic to make you comfortable during treatment. Elevators and dental forceps are required to raise the afflicted tooth and grip the exposed area. The tooth is loosened using the elevator and held in place with forceps throughout the extraction process.
By rocking the tooth back and forth, the periodontal ligament may be loosened from the alveolar bone, and the tooth can be extracted. Dental forceps are used to exert constant and even pressure on the tooth.
Dental extraction surgery
Teeth that cannot be reached using standard dental extraction methods may require surgical removal. Possible causes include fractures below the gum line or an incomplete eruptive process. In this scenario, the tooth cannot be extracted without cutting through the connective tissue that holds it in place. A drill or osteotome may be used to remove portions of the surrounding jawbone, or the soft tissues around the tooth may be lifted.
Surgically removing a tooth may necessitate breaking it into multiple pieces first. Due to the difficulty and discomfort of surgical teeth removal, your oral surgeon normally performs this treatment option under general anesthesia.
Tips for ensuring the tooth extraction site heals correctly
- After extracting teeth, you should wait at least 24 hours before rinsing your mouth. If you decide to rinse, any clot that may have formed may be broken, and bleeding may resume.
- After 24 hours, gently rinse the region four times daily using saltwater mouthwash (prepared with salt and warm water).
- After tooth extraction, it’s best to eat soft foods that don’t require much chewing.
- If your gums are bleeding, bite down for 15 minutes on a clean cloth pad, such as a handkerchief.
- Avoid smoking, especially for the remainder of the extraction day, and try to avoid drinking for at least 24 hours.
- Brush your teeth 3-4 days after removal, but don’t touch the healing wound at first; gradually work up to it as time passes. Likewise, before brushing, you may soften your toothbrush with hot water. Brushing helps avoid food particles getting trapped in the tooth socket, which can lead to an infection. Ensure to brush gently to avoid rupturing blood vessels that are starting to clot.
Depending on which tooth was extracted and why, you may need sutures. You won’t need to see your dentist for sutures removal since they will disintegrate independently in about a week to ten days.
Tooth removal recovery
Most patients may resume their daily activities the next day after North Vancouver wisdom tooth removal/extraction. Only after a more complex surgical extraction will you need to rest for a few days. After receiving a local anesthetic, it might be a few hours before you regain full sensation in your mouth.
You risk scalding or burning your mouth if you consume something hot before the sensation returns. Resting and keeping your head up can reduce bleeding at the treatment site.
Get in Touch with our Experienced Dentist Today!
Call your dentist if you experience pain or swelling in the treatment site following a North Vancouver wisdom tooth removal/extraction. Contact the Blue Sky Dental Clinic for teeth removal services.