Once we become adults, we end up having 32 individual teeth. However, many people’s mouths can only hold about 28 of those teeth properly. When our third molars, or wisdom teeth, start to come in it can cause discomfort and pain. While some do not require wisdom teeth removal, many people do because of the problems wisdom teeth can cause. This includes misaligning your other teeth, as well as unneeded pressure in your mouth.
At McPherson Dental Care, we can help you remove your wisdom teeth before they cause unnecessary problems and pain.
What Happens During Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Dr. Brian Kynaston, Dr. Matthew Perry, or Dr. Seth Prochaska will begin by providing you with anesthesia. The type chosen will largely depend upon your comfort level and how complex the wisdom tooth extraction is expected to be.
After you have been anesthetized, the dentist at McPherson Dental Care will make an incision to view the jawbone and tooth. Next, he will remove any bone that is in the way of the root of the tooth. The tooth will then be removed by your dentist. It may be broken into sections for removal, depending on need.
Your dentist will then clean out the site of the tooth before closing the wound to allow quicker healing. Gauze will then be provided to help a blood clot form and to provide control of the bleeding from the removal.
What Will Happen After the Procedure?
You will have a short recovery period before you will be sent home. After you have made it home, your dentist will have provided instructions to help you heal from the procedure and keep your mouth healthy.
Our dentists will explain to you how often to change the gauze in your mouth. They may ask you to keep spitting to a minimum as it can dislodge the blood clot in your mouth. The dentists at McPherson Dental Care will also explain what sort of medication you can take for pain. You may also want to use an ice pack for soreness, swelling, and bruising after the procedure is complete.
Your dentist will explain that you should drink plenty of water and avoid certain beverages. You should not drink from a straw for a week because it can cause issues with your blood clot. You will also be provided instructions of what food is appropriate, typically these will be soft foods such as applesauce and yogurt.
How Long Will I Be Recovering?
It usually takes a week or less to recover from wisdom tooth removal. In cases where the procedure can be done in a straightforward way, it may take as little as four days to recover. Other things that have an impact include your nutrition while recovering, the type of anesthesia used, and whether you get a dry socket.
Schedule a Consultation for Removal
For those who are seeking out wisdom tooth removal, the staff at McPherson Dental Care would be happy to assist you. You can set up an appointment online or call us at 620-241-5000.