Wisdom Teeth Removal in Greensboro
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth can be the source of dental issues at any point in life. Because of their location, wisdom teeth are the hardest to keep free of food debris, and that’s if they have erupted properly. Impacted wisdom teeth cause a whole host of problems starting with jaw and oral pain.
Removing wisdom teeth is an important step in preventative dentistry.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Greensboro, NC
Anesthesia for Wisdom Tooth Removal
If you have a young adult or teen in your house, consider scheduling them for an evaluation. It’s better to remove the wisdom teeth when we’re younger because we have fewer health complications, a natural ability to rebound more quickly from illness and injury, and fewer responsibilities. Scheduling that before your child moves on to college or career will save them from a more prolonged recovery later in life.
Wisdom Teeth Removal as an Adult
Additionally, we recommend wisdom teeth removal to our adult patients as well. Wisdom teeth can cause decay in the molars adjacent to them as well as the supportive tissue surrounding wisdom teeth such as the gums, ligaments, and bone. As we get older, periodontal disease is a serious concern to our oral health. Aside from tooth loss, untreated periodontal disease results in an endless loop of inflammation that sends signals to every system in our bodies as the signs of periodontal disease circulate in our bloodstream. The bacteria found in those with periodontal disease have been linked with many serious illnesses such as stroke, heart disease, and more.
Many people have anxiety about wisdom teeth removal because it’s a more complicated procedure than the average tooth extraction. Dr. Farless and his team have all the technological tools and techniques at their disposal to ensure you have a comfortable procedure and a quick recovery. Additionally, if you have dental anxiety or anxiety about this procedure in general and you’re considering it, please let us know. We can talk about ways to make you more comfortable and confident.
Removing Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If you’re like most patients, your wisdom teeth will come in at least partially “impacted.” This means it will be impossible to simply extract the tooth like any other. For most wisdom teeth, a slightly more invasive procedure is required, including an incision into gum tissue and stitches to close the wound. This means anesthesia is necessary for you to feel comfortable and pain free.
When you require sedation or other anesthesia at Dr. Farless’ office, you have options. Every patient’s needs are different, so it’s important to talk to Dr. Farless and his team about your concerns. Based on your dental needs and your particular preferences, the doctor will likely recommend either:
- Local Anesthesia – in which you will feel numb at the spot of the procedure, but remain awake and alert.
- Conscious sedation – in which you will remain awake, but feel very drowsy, feel no pain, and likely not remember much about your procedure. This is typically achieved through oral sedation, IV sedation, or nitrous oxide.
- General Anesthesia – in which you will be in a state of unconsciousness, via oral or IV anesthesia.
No matter what type of sedation or anesthesia you require, Dr. Farless and his team will make your comfort and safety their priority. You’ll be back home the same day, on the road to recovery.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Recovery
Drinking beverages through a straw should be avoided, as this “sucking” motion can dislodge blood clots, leading to dry sockets. Smoking must be avoided. A liquid diet is recommended initially, or at least until all anesthesia has worn off. While you should brush your teeth as usual, take great care to avoid the area of the wound so the healing isn’t disturbed. Over-the-counter pain medication and an ice pack can also help ease any lingering pain. Dr. Farless will also likely prescribe antibiotics, which must be taken until their course is completed.
By two or three days after your procedure, the facial swelling and tenderness should improve. Dr. Farless will remove any stitches that were necessary by about week past your extraction, and by 10-14 days part your procedure, you should be fully healed, free of the worries associated with wisdom teeth!
Dry Sockets and How to Avoid Them
While dry sockets are a possibility, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Patients more likely to experience dry sockets include those who use tobacco products and oral contraceptives, as both of these disrupt blood flow. Dry sockets can also result from improper home care or current infections in the mouth and gums.
If you develop dry sockets, you will likely experience greater pain in days 3-5. While over-the-counter medication will probably not be effective for pain relief, Dr. Farless can prescribe other medication to help you manage your pain until your symptoms die down.
You can help prevent dry sockets by:
- Choosing an experienced dentist for your wisdom tooth extraction, like Dr. Farless
- Avoiding smoking or using other tobacco products
- Talking to your dental team before your procedure about any prescription or over-the-counter medications you’re currently taking, as they often can have an effect on your recovery.