It’s pretty well known that wisdom teeth are troublemakers, and those at Cedar Creek Dental strive the make wisdom tooth extraction in Rigby a stress free process. Although the exact percentage of people that get their wisdom teeth removed isn’t known, it’s estimated the number could be as much as 85%. And up to 80% of those people who initially kept their wisdom teeth develop problems and end up getting them removed later in life. So what are wisdom teeth and what makes them so troublesome?
A wisdom tooth that is fully broken through the gums can be pulled as easily as any other tooth. It’s the wisdom teeth that are underneath the gums and embedded in bone that pose more of a challenge. Before they are extracted the teeth (and the tissue surrounding the teeth) are numbed using a local anesthetic. You and your dentist may also decide that another form of sedative is required to calm any nerves or anxieties you might have. Medications that could be used are: nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, or an oral sedative such as Valium. After the area is numb, a small incision is made in the gum line. Then a portion of the bone that covers the tooth is removed. To minimize the amount of bone that is removed the tooth is often cut into smaller segments and removed piece by piece.
There are some simple instructions one can follow for aftercare of a wisdom tooth extraction in Rigby to make the recovery as smooth and pleasant as possible.
The first thing that the professionals at Cedar Creek Dental recommend is probably the easiest of all, get lots of rest. Avoid any physical exertion, and keep to couch or bed rest. Then, watch for bleeding. Some measure of blood or blood tinged saliva is normal for the first couple of days after the procedure. If dark red blood clots appear rather than the blood saliva mixture, bite down on a clean gauze pack and replace every 30-45 minutes. If bleeding continues, try re-positioning the pack as it may be clenched in between teeth rather than placing pressure on the surgical incision. If the bleeding is unable to be controlled contact your dentist.
Swelling is a typical occurrence of wisdom tooth extraction in Rigby, and will reach the worst two to three days after the procedure. But this is nothing to worry about, simply place an ice pack on the cheek for 20 minutes. Unfortunately another common occurrence that accompanies wisdom tooth extraction is pain and discomfort to some degree. Typically a pain medication is prescribed and can alleviate the pain and discomfort that occurs.
Some adjustments may need to be made to your normal diet until full recovery from a wisdom tooth extraction in Rigby. Eat soft foods and avoid chewing until the feeling in the tongue has returned. Avoid hot foods, and foods that contain nuts, seeds, popcorn, as well as rice and other small particles, as these can get caught in the socket areas.
Keeping the sockets and sutures clean begins with rinsing the mouth with salt water. A soft brush can be used on the front teeth and any areas that don’t have stitches. After a few days the teeth further back may be brushed with extreme care, avoiding any loose tissue.
If there is a wisdom tooth extraction in Rigby that needs to be done, let the professionals at Cedar Creek Dental put your mind at ease. They are knowledgeable, and reliable, and do anything they can to make your visit pleasant and relatively pain free.