At South 40 Dental in Grande Prairie, we can help you if you are experiencing any tooth pain. Wisdom teeth removal may be necessary to maintain your oral health.
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that emerge, usually during your late teens to early twenties. For some people, wisdom teeth cause problems as they are trying to protrude through the gums.
When a wisdom tooth is impacted, the tooth is coming in at an angle, or not completely erupt through the gum line. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause structural damage to the jaw and other teeth, and provide a place for bacteria to gather since they are hard to reach and clean.
To avoid these potential problems, dentists often opt to remove wisdom teeth.
Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires some post-operative care to reduce the chance of infection or other complications. Immediately after surgery, a gauze pad will be placed over the extraction site, which should not be removed for at least 45 minutes, and then discarded after that.
Refrain from drinking from a straw or rinsing the mouth to ensure that you do not dislodge the blood clot that has formed. Limit your activities that day. You can resume your regular activities the following day.
Take the pain medication as prescribed to reduce the amount of discomfort you feel after the local anesthetic wears off. As with any oral surgery, refrain from drinking through a straw as doing so creates suction and may disrupt the sutures.