While oral surgery is a specialized field in dental health care, many general dentistry practices offer oral surgical services, including wisdom teeth extraction and removal of other impacted teeth. At some point in their lives, just about every adult will experience the removal of their wisdom teeth and or an impacted tooth. The removal of these teeth is critical to a person’s overall oral health. Impacted teeth can result in serious, painful, and expensive oral health issues including infections, abscessed and overcrowded teeth.
The surgery tales place in the dentist’s office using either normal local anesthetic, which is injected into the area where the surgery is to take place or a combination of a local anesthetic and sedation. If sedation is used, the patient will be in and out of consciousness, but will be breathing with out assistance during the procedure. The dentist, who performs the surgery, will be a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.D.S) and is highly trained in the most current advanced surgical techniques and dental technology.
In most cases, an initial consultation will be required followed by another appointment where the actual procedure will take place. During the initial consultation, the dentist will explain in detail the procedure, as well as what to expect during and after the procedure. In addition, pre-surgery instructions will be given as well. On surgery day the dentist and the staff will do everything to make sure that the patient is comfortable during the procedure. Once the surgery is complete, the patient will be sent home with specific aftercare instructions and perhaps a prescription or two. A follow up appointment will take place to check on the healing process.
While oral surgery is not necessarily a great experience, the dentist and their staff is dedicated to making it as comfortable and pain-free as possible!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants
The last set of molars to erupt in adults is often called “wisdom teeth.” Wisdom teeth usually begin forming as an adolescent and may continue to develop through the late 20’s. While some people’s wisdom teeth come in straight and without complication, others often find themselves experiencing pain or swelling associated with the 3rd set of molars.
Wisdom teeth often become impacted against the adjacent molars when there is not enough room in the jawbone for the tooth to erupt into. This causes the molar to erupt at an angle, becoming lodged into the next tooth. In many cases the tooth will erupt just partially into the mouth, leaving a small opening in the gums that allows food, plaque and debris to enter into the area. Because this is almost impossible to keep clean, impacted wisdom teeth can quite easily develop tooth decay as well as gum disease. Both of these conditions may spread to the adjacent molar, causing problems in not one, but both teeth. Multiply this times 4, and you can find yourself experiencing problems all over your mouth due to impacted wisdom teeth.
Extracting wisdom teeth when they are experiencing problems, or when your dentist foresees an upcoming problem due to the way they are coming in, is very normal. Some patients can just have local anesthesia at the area for the teeth to be extracted, while other people prefer to have sedation during the wisdom teeth extraction procedure. Either way, your dentist will work directly with you to help you choose the best way to keep you comfortable during the visit. Following the extraction you will want to limit your diet to soft foods for a few days. Your dentist may also prescribe a pain reliever to keep you comfortable during your recovery.
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