Safe, Gentle Extractions
While tooth extractions may seem intimidating, our effective yet gentle methods can put your worries to rest. Our professional team will do everything we can to save your natural teeth before resorting to extractions. But sometimes teeth need to be removed to benefit your oral health and your smile.
Most patients will need to undergo tooth extractions in order to remove wisdom teeth. Learn more about wisdom teeth, our extraction process, and how our team can help your smile.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are an extra set of adult molars that typically erupt during your late teens or early twenties. If a wisdom tooth is blocked from growing in properly, it becomes impacted. This can happen due to your mouth not being big enough to accommodate the eruption of your wisdom teeth – which can eventually lead to infection and overcrowding.
Signs of an Impacted Wisdom Tooth
Common signs and symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth include:
- Bad breath, also known as halitosis
- Pain or tenderness in the gums and/or jaws
- Headaches and/or jaw aches
- Inflamed and bleeding gums
- Limited jaw function
- Cysts developing in the area
- Sinus problems
It’s crucial to have impacted wisdom teeth removed to prevent further oral problems, such as severe pain, possible infection, and a misaligned bite. Without treatment, impacted wisdom teeth can cause additional health complications in the future.
The Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
Our wisdom teeth removal process is safe, gentle, and effective. We’ll begin the procedure by providing dental sedation to ensure you’re comfortable and pain-free the entire time. Once the dental sedation kicks in, your dentist will gently separate your wisdom tooth from the gum tissue. This allows us to remove your tooth in a quick and painless way.
After your impacted tooth has been removed, we’ll carefully stitch up your gums and you’ll begin the healing process.
Your recovery period after getting your wisdom teeth removed only lasts a few days, but there are important guidelines that you’ll need to follow if you want to avoid compilations. The most important day is the day of your surgery because the surgical area will be the most sensitive and vulnerable.
Make sure to avoid the following while you’re recovering:
- Drinking through a straw
- Any strenuous physical activity
- Rinsing your mouth
- Certain foods
You can expect to feel some mild to moderate pain or discomfort following your extraction. For most patients, over-the-counter medications are effective enough to relieve your pain. Any swelling can be relieved by utilizing a cold compress.
Our Centuria team will provide you with more detailed aftercare instructions on the day of your surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Wisdom tooth extractions typically take around 90 minutes to complete. Procedure time will vary from patient to patient depending on how many teeth are being extracted and the position of your wisdom teeth.
You’ll be under dental sedation to ensure the procedure goes quickly and you don’t experience any pain. In the days following your surgery, you’ll likely experience swelling and some pain. Our team will give you detailed instructions on how to take care of your oral hygiene after surgery.
This depends on the type of anesthetic used for your wisdom teeth extraction. If you’re given general anesthesia or sedation, you’ll want someone you trust to safely drive you home following the extraction. It’s not safe to drive after being heavily sedated.
Our team offers a local anesthetic, meaning you should be able to drive yourself home. However, we strongly advise you to find someone to drive you home regardless of the type of anesthetic used.