Wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, often become impacted causing pain and discomfort. In severe cases, infection can set in along with issues with your TMJ. If you don’t have enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to successfully emerge, schedule a surgical removal of your wisdom teeth consultation with Novato Oral Surgery located in Novato, California, today. You can schedule your appointment either online or over the phone.
Do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
There are several reasons why you might choose to have your wisdom teeth surgically removed. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your jaw, there is a possibility they have become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth occur when there is not enough room in your jaw for them and putting you at risk of:
- TMJ issues
- Clicking in the jaw
If you are feeling pain in your jaw due to your wisdom teeth, waiting won’t make it go away. In fact, waiting too long puts you at greater risk of them becoming impacted and infected.
What happens during wisdom teeth removal surgery?
Most times you will be sedated or under general anesthesia prior to your wisdom teeth removal surgery to keep you as comfortable as possible. First, your Novato Oral Surgery provider cuts away a portion of your gums to reveal the bone beneath.
Next, your surgeon cuts into the bone to reveal your wisdom teeth impacted inside. Often, your wisdom teeth will be broken into portions to make it easier to extract from the jawbone. Once the teeth are removed the area is thoroughly cleaned to remove any debris.
Finally, the surgical sites are stitched up to promote healing and limit the chances of infection.
What is recovery like after wisdom teeth removal surgery?
You might feel a little groggy as soon as you wake from sedation or general anesthesia. Your Novato Oral Surgery provider will have you bite down on gauze to slow down and stop any bleeding. Once bleeding has stopped make sure you don’t do a lot of spitting or use a straw to drink. This can cause the clots to become dislodged, causing a painful condition known as a “dry socket.”
For the first day or so your surgeon might prescribe some medication to help with any pain or swelling. After a few days, pain can easily be managed with over-the-counter medication.
DOES IT HURT WHEN REMOVING WISDOM TEETH?
You will be helped to feel comfortable during your tooth extraction. Your surgeon will apply a local anesthetic to block the pain. During the procedure, you may request more anesthetic if needed. You will also be offered a sedative to help you feel relaxed. All these options will be discussed with you prior to your extraction so that the medication can be tailored to your needs.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TOOTH EXTRACTION?
Wisdom teeth extraction is a same-day surgery procedure. After the extraction, you will be able to go home. Someone will have to take you home as the sedatives will have a strong effect until the next day. For the first few days, you should only do light work to allow your body time to recover. You will also need to be careful with the things that you eat and doing things like rinsing your mouth. Crispy or hard foods should be avoided whilst your gums heal. Instead, you can eat things like pasta, soft rice, and yogurt. Also, avoid drinking through a straw. You can return to your normal diet after your gum has healed.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER AFTER REMOVING A TOOTH?
After your extraction, you will likely feel some discomfort and no doubt you will want to know for how long. It should only last a few days and you can treat any pain with over the counter painkillers. If, in a rare case, that it doesn’t seem to be healing well or you are suffering from the symptoms below then call the surgeon’s office as soon as possible
- Heavy bleeding or extreme pain after 4 hours since the extraction
- Indications of infection including chills
- Nausea or vomiting
- An excessive amount of discharge
- Coughing, shortness of breath, or chest pain.
If you are experiencing pain in your jaw caused by your wisdom teeth, talk with expert surgeons at Novato Oral Surgery today. Call to make an appointment or you can always book an appointment online using the easy to use scheduler.
Our doctors who provide this service
Mahr Elder, DDS, MD, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with expertise in TMJ disorders, jaw trauma, dental implants, and much more. He belongs to the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and values volunteer work both abroad and right here in Marin County where he provides free orthodontic care through the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation.