Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure where one or more of the third molars, also known as wisdom teeth, are extracted. These teeth usually appear in the late teenage years or early adulthood and are often removed due to various reasons such as overcrowding, impaction, infection, or damage to surrounding teeth.
The procedure typically involves several steps:
Consultation and Examination: Your dentist or oral surgeon will examine your mouth, take x-rays, and discuss the details of the procedure with you. They will also evaluate your medical history, medications, and allergies to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.
Anesthesia: To minimize pain and discomfort, anesthesia is used during the procedure. Depending on the complexity of the procedure and your medical history, you will receive local anesthesia (numbing of the area around the tooth) once general anesthesia has taken effect(you will be unconscious).
Extraction: Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth. They will use various tools to loosen and remove the tooth, which may involve breaking the tooth into smaller pieces to facilitate removal.
Cleaning and Stitching: After the tooth is extracted, the dentist or oral surgeon will clean the area and remove any debris or infection. They may then place stitches to close the incision site and promote healing.
Recovery: After the procedure, you will be monitored until the anesthesia wears off. You will then be given instructions on how to care for the extraction site, including how to manage any pain, swelling, or bleeding. You may be advised to eat soft foods and avoid strenuous physical activity for a few days.
Overall, the wisdom teeth removal procedure is a routine dental procedure that is usually safe and effective. However, as with any surgery, there are some risks involved, such as infection, bleeding, and nerve damage. Your dentist or oral surgeon will discuss these risks with you beforehand and take appropriate measures to minimize them.