Around 85% of Americans end up needing to have their wisdom teeth removed. At Rotary Way Oral Surgery, in Vallejo, California, Jeffrey Graves, DDS, provides expert wisdom teeth extraction services including surgical removal. If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, call Rotary Way Oral Surgery or make an appointment online today.
What are the signs I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Your wisdom teeth are your last set of molars. They usually emerge in late adolescence and early adulthood, which is typically when they start to cause problems.
A common sign of wisdom teeth trouble is pain. You might have pain in your jaw, neck, or even start to get headaches as they erupt. Your wisdom teeth may also get stuck in your jaw or not emerge at all, which can not only cause pain but lead to infections and abscesses.
As they emerge, your wisdom teeth may also push your other teeth closer together, which causes overlap and overcrowding. Overcrowded teeth are more difficult to brush and floss, which can increase your risk of tooth decay.
However, the only way to know for sure that you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted is with the advice of a licensed and experienced dental professional.
How should I prepare for my wisdom teeth extraction?
The night before your extraction, eat a light dinner and get a good night’s rest. On the day of your surgery, don’t eat anything for at least eight hours before your appointment and abstain from alcohol and tobacco products. You should remove all nail polish, and you should wear a short-sleeved shirt. Dr. Graves provides anesthesia, so make sure to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment.
What happens during wisdom tooth extraction?
At Rotary Way Oral Surgery, Dr. Graves performs simple and surgical wisdom teeth extractions. He begins both procedures by thoroughly numbing your mouth and providing a sedative to keep you comfortable and relaxed. If you need a simple extraction, Dr. Graves grasps your tooth with special forceps and wiggles it loose before pulling it from the socket.
However, if your wisdom teeth are impacted or stuck in your jaw, he needs to make an incision in your jaw to access and extract your teeth. In this case, he closes any incisions with dissolvable stitches.
When your surgery is complete, Dr. Graves provides aftercare instructions and schedules a follow-up appointment to make sure your gums heal correctly.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TOOTH EXTRACTION?
After your tooth has been extracted you are free to go home. The effect of the sedatives will continue until the next day so it’s important to arrange someone to take you home. It is a good idea to rest for two days and return to work slowly, avoiding heavy work for three days. During recovery, you will need to look after the blood clot that has formed in the tooth socket. It can be very painful if it becomes dislodged. To protect it, you will need to avoid drinking through a straw and heavy rinsing of your mouth. Also, you should avoid eating crispy foods and instead eat soft foods like pasta, yogurt and soup. After 7-10 days your gum should be healed and you can return to your normal diet.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M RECOVERING WELL AFTER MY TOOTH EXTRACTION?
Don’t be alarmed if you see some residual bleeding during the first 48 hours, this is to be expected after your tooth has been extracted. It is also likely that you will see some swelling around the extraction site too. There are some signs that you should be cautious of though. If you see any of the following symptoms then call the surgeons at Rotary Way Oral surgery to have it looked at.
- Heavy bleeding or extreme pain after 4 hours since the extraction
- Indications of infection including fever
- Nausea or vomiting
- An excessive amount of discharge
- Coughing, shortness of breath, or chest pain.