Wisdom Teeth Removal in Greensboro
Affordable Wisdom Teeth Removal
At some point in their teens or twenties, your children will more than likely need to have their wisdom teeth removed.
This last set of molars can create numerous oral health problems, and thus, removing them is an important step in preventative dentistry.
Many people have anxiety about wisdom teeth removal because it’s a more complicated procedure than the average tooth extraction. Rest assured, 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.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Greensboro, NC
Anesthesia for Wisdom Tooth Removal
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
While a complete recovery from wisdom tooth extraction can take 1.5 – 2 weeks, you should be back to your normal activities much sooner. In the first 24 hours, you will likely experience soreness, swelling, and some bleeding. During this time, blood clots are forming in the wound site(s). It’s important that these clots stay intact, so you’ll need to avoid any activity that could lead to their premature dissolution.
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
Many patients are specifically anxious about wisdom teeth removal because they’ve heard horror stories about “dry sockets.” If your blood clots become dislodged or otherwise disturbed during the first few days of recovery, the exposed socket left behind can be very painful.
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.
Affordable Wisdom Teeth Removal - Don’t Wait!
Like any other preventative dental treatment, wisdom tooth removal is about stopping problems before they start. Don’t let anxiety about the procedure or your recovery delay the wisdom tooth removal you or your child needs. Talk to Dr. Farless and his team today.