Wisdom teeth extraction: What to expect during and after treatment
Wisdom tooth removal is among the most common types of dental surgeries performed worldwide. It is estimated that about 5 million people have their wisdom teeth removed each year! At Scott and Derry Dental Care in Milton, ON, our dental team may recommend wisdom teeth extraction if they are impacted or if there is insufficient space in the mouth for them to grow correctly. Read on to discover more about what to expect during and after your treatment.
Getting wisdom teeth extracted
The procedure for removing wisdom teeth varies depending on whether they are impacted (failed to erupt through the gums on their own) or broken off below the gum line. If they have, then surgical extraction is necessary to remove the teeth successfully. If the wisdom teeth have already erupted, then a simpler tooth extraction is possible, very similar to getting other types of teeth extracted. In both cases, we will use anesthetics to keep you comfortable during your treatment. For simple extractions, a local anesthetic is typically all that is needed. In contrast, surgical extractions of impacted teeth may require a general anesthetic, so you are completely asleep during the procedure.
To surgically remove the teeth, one or more small incisions are created in the gum tissues to enable access to the tooth. It is then removed, and the wound is closed with sutures as needed.
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What to expect after your treatment
The recovery time after wisdom teeth removal depends on the procedure used to extract them. If the teeth were surgically removed, it could take up to two weeks for them to heal completely:
- In the first 24 hours, blood clots will form in the area
- Over the next two to three days, the swelling in the area should begin to improve
- Around one week after treatment, we will remove any stitches that are remaining in the mouth
- By two weeks after your procedure, stiffness, soreness, and bruising should go away
We will take time to go over your aftercare instructions, so you know how to take care of your mouth to promote optimal healing and recovery.
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