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Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Step by Step

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When Arlington area patients need wisdom teeth extractions, they may be worried about what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Wisdom tooth extraction is a very common procedure that is routinely done for teenagers and adults who are experiencing concerns from these third molars. Wisdom teeth are often removed due to periodontal problems, impaction, or pain. Removing them can also improve the overall health of the smile and allow patients to reduce their risk of decay and periodontal disease. 

Before the Procedure

It is important that the patient has something to eat before the appointment. It may be uncomfortable to eat after the extractions due to the profound anesthesia. A light meal will also help prevent any episodes of dizziness after the procedure. Although sedation is not required, some patients enjoy traditional sedation with nitrous oxide, while others may want stronger methods such as oral conscious sedation. Well before the appointment is schedule, patients can speak with the team of Rush Creek Dentistry to determine which sedation method is most beneficial to the patient. 

During the Procedure

During the wisdom tooth extraction, patients are given their sedative of choice if needed and made comfortable before the dentist begins. The dentist reviews the procedure and informs the patient on what to expect. The tooth is removed, the area is cleaned and disinfected, and sometimes the area is sutured to facilitate healing. Patients whose wisdom teeth have already erupted through the gum line usually require a simpler surgery compared to patients with impacted teeth. Regardless of the case all patients are given adequate anesthesia and the procedure is painless. 

After the Procedure

Once the problematic wisdom teeth have been removed, patients will then need to heal. Recovery is necessary immediately after the procedure if patients have received anesthesia. They may rest in the chair until they are able to leave the practice with the help of a friend or family member. Patients are advised on the healing process and what to expect—as well as when to call the doctor for any serious concerns. Patients may be given pain medication and/or antibiotics to help manage the healing process. Patients should expect some minor bleeding and sometimes swelling, but this should subside within a couple of days. Soft foods and beverages (not through a straw) are recommended, and normal activities should be avoided for several days to facilitate healing.

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