Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom tooth extractions are the removal of one or more of the four wisdom teeth, which are adult molars located in the back corners of your mouth on the top and the bottom. Many of our patients suffer from impacted wisdom teeth, which occurs when there isn’t enough room for the wisdom teeth to come through or develop correctly. Wisdom teeth impaction can be incredibly painful and can cause your other teeth to shift around and become crooked as the wisdom teeth attempt to erupt.

Before Your Wisdom Teeth Are Removed

If your dentist has recommended that you have your wisdom teeth removed, he or she will take an X-Ray of your mouth. Depending on what this X-Ray shows, you may be referred to our office. Before the procedure, we will discuss many things with you, including the method we’ll be using to remove the wisdom teeth, any possible complications, our sedation options, and any questions or concerns you may have.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure – What To Expect

If the tooth hasn’t yet erupted, Dr. Matthew Schacht will make a small incision into the gum in order to gain access to the tooth. He may also need to remove a small piece of bone that covers the tooth. Your wisdom tooth will sometimes be cut into smaller pieces to make them easier to remove through the incision. If the tooth has broken through the gum already, we won’t likely need to make an incision. However, the action of removing the tooth will require us to firmly rock the tooth back and forth, meaning you may feel some pressure, but no pain.

The amount of time it takes to remove wisdom teeth with vary from person to person. Some people will only need one tooth removed, while others will need all four. Additionally, some cases are much more straightforward while others present with a few complications. We’ll give you an estimate of how long your particular procedure should take.

After Surgery

If you needed to have incisions made in your gums, we will use dissolving stitches to close the wound. These stitches usually take around 7-10 days to dissolve completely. Sterile gauze will be placed over the wound and gentle pressure will be applied to control bleeding. This will also allow a blood clot to form in the socket, which is very important in protecting and healing the sockets. We know it’s difficult, but try to leave the blood clots alone. This means that for the next 24 hours, you should avoid:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Sucking through a straw
  • Rinsing your mouth out
  • Drinking hot beverages like coffee, tea, or soup
  • Strenuous physical activity

For more information on how to care for your extraction wounds, or to make an appointment for a wisdom tooth evaluation, please contact Brighton Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today.