Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that is located at the back corners of the mouth on both top and bottom. They usually erupt between an individual’s late teens and early twenties. Wisdom teeth that erupt into a functional and upright position (biting correctly with the opposing teeth) do not need to be removed. However, when there is not enough space for the wisdom tooth to come out, they can cause pain, infection or other dental problems.
Wisdom tooth extraction is an outpatient procedure. That means that you can go home once the anesthetic has worn off.
It is advisable to have someone – a family member or friend – to drive you to and from the clinic.
Prior to surgery, your dentist will give you a list of things you will need to do or avoid. Some patients may need to go on a fast before the procedure. Your dentist will inform you how long you will need to do so.
You may also need to temporarily go off certain medications. Some medications can thin the blood and hamper the healing process. Your dentist may also prescribe antibiotics and pain relievers before the actual surgery.
Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes, contact lenses, and jewelry when you go to the clinic.
Wisdom tooth extraction is a quick procedure, often lasting less than 45 minutes.
Before your scheduled extraction, your dentist will provide you with an overview of the procedure and explain the benefits and risks. Take this as an opportunity to ask the questions lingering in your mind and to make the necessary plans and arrangements at work and at home.
On the day of your surgery, anesthesia will be administered – local, IV sedation, or general.
Once the anesthetic is in effect, your dentist will make an incision on your gums or bone to remove the wisdom tooth. He will then stitch the area and place gauze pads to contain the bleeding.
The recovery period from a wisdom tooth extraction is relatively short. On the day of your surgery, you will be asked to get some rest. You can resume your normal activities the next day, but you will need to avoid strenuous tasks for a full week.
Immediately after the procedure, you will have to stay in the clinic until the anesthesia has worn off. Depending on the anesthetic used, you may need to have someone to accompany you and drive you home.
Your dentist will prescribe you with medications for pain relief. Many patients have reported that they have experienced little to no pain after the surgery. However, it is not unusual to experience swelling and some discomfort in the affected area.
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A maxillofacial surgeon is a dental professional who specializes in the treatment of disease associated with the jaws, teeth, mouth and face. The services provided by an oral surgeon vary from simple tooth extractions to more complicated extractions and removal of impacted wisdom teeth.
During your consultation, your medical history is comprehensively reviewed to determine drug allergies, current medications, existing medical conditions etc. The clinical examination will include analysis of the x-rays and a focused examination of the surgical site. The proposed procedure is discussed thoroughly with you and any alternative treatments are described as well. This consultation also allows you the opportunity to share any concerns you may have with regards to the procedure.
Whether or not your dentist can provide the treatment depends on the procedure and your dentist. In most cases, if your dentist does not feel comfortable to perform the procedure, they will refer you to a maxillofacial surgeon in Dubai.
The majority of oral surgical procedures are covered by most insurance companies. It is best if you can contact your insurance provider and check if the recommended procedure is covered in your dental plan.
Immediately after a tooth extraction, a blood clot is formed to help heal the wound. Using a straw right after tooth removal creates negative pressure and you risk dislodging the blood clot on the extraction site. This can be painful and can lead to infection of the extraction site. It is recommended not to engage in anything that creates suction such as smoking or forceful spitting in the first 24 hours.
Following the tooth removal, try to keep the gauze over the extraction site for at least 30 to 45 minutes, biting down on the gauze for pressure. Replace it with a new piece of gauze if you are still bleeding. Keep the new gauze in place for another 60 minutes. If the bleeding is not stopping after the third attempt, use a moistened tea bag instead of the gauze. The tannic acid in tea will help form a clot and arrest the bleeding.
The time it takes to recover from maxillofacial surgery depends on how well you rest and allow your surgical site to heal. An impacted wisdom tooth removal can take about a week to 10 days to heal. For the first 24 to 48 hours, it is recommended to avoid solid foods and instead have semi-liquid and soft foods like yogurt, soups, avocado, scrambled eggs, oatmeal etc.