Sarasota Wisdom Tooth Extractions

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Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

If you are experiencing issues with your wisdom teeth then we recommend that you have them removed. These issues may include repeated infections, tooth decay, bad breath, difficulty cleaning the teeth, damage to surrounding teeth, sinus problems, gum inflammation, changes to your bite, and jaw pain. 

This is likely due to a lack of space in the jaw, leading to the impaction of the wisdom teeth. When these teeth are impacted, they are either coming in at the wrong angle or they cannot erupt fully through the gums and this leads to difficulty keeping the teeth clean as well as the previously mentioned uncomfortable side effects. 

However, if you don’t actively have any problems with your wisdom teeth, then you don’t necessarily need to have them removed. If there is enough space for them to fully erupt through the gums and they are in line with your other teeth and not causing discomfort, you can leave them alone. 

However, we recommend coming in for a consultation with Sarasota dentist Dr. Miller, who can perform an oral exam and take x-rays to look at the position of your wisdom teeth in the jaw. Even if they aren’t currently causing problems, we can determine if they are likely to in the future and may still make the recommendation that you have them removed.

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The Wisdom Tooth Extraction Process

The process always begins with a consultation so we can determine if the wisdom teeth need to be removed in the first place and if so, what type of extraction it will be. If the teeth have fully erupted, then it will be a basic extraction, which is a typical case of loosening and then removing the tooth.

However, when we’re talking about impacted wisdom teeth which is more often than not the case, these teeth need to be surgically removed. We will first administer local anesthesia to numb the mouth. Additional sedation may be used if desired to relieve discomfort or dental anxiety. 

Then, an incision is made into the gums to gain access to the underlying tooth. If there is bone blocking the tooth, we will need to remove this. The tooth is then sectioned which means cutting it up into small fragments for easier removal. 

Then, these fragments are loosened with a dental elevator and removed with forceps. The socket is then thoroughly cleaned of debris and after we reposition the gums, we close up the incision with sutures.

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction Recovery

After your wisdom tooth extraction, we place gauze directly at the extraction site and you will need to bite down on these for 30 to 60 minutes to stop the bleeding. Mild bleeding will continue for the next 24 hours. 

It may look like more than it is because the blood mixes with your saliva. Keep changing your gauze with fresh dampened ones if you continue to bleed. It’s important to form a blood clot for proper healing and to prevent dry socket. 

You will deal with swelling, tenderness, and some discomfort. Take anti-inflammatory pain medication as necessary for pain relief and keep your head elevated to reduce swelling, which will peak 2 to 3 days after the extraction. 

You should use an ice pack for about 15 minutes at a time but avoid placing it directly on your skin. Other than this, you will need to follow your dentist’s instructions when it comes to diet and what to avoid. You need to stick to soft foods for at least a week and will need to avoid suction for the first 24 hours. Do not smoke or drink alcohol during your recovery.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

If your wisdom teeth are coming through and you’re not sure if you should have them removed, give us a call at Sarasota Bay Dental today so we can arrange for a consultation with Dr. Miller.

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