Wisdom Teeth Removal—What You Should Know
The last thing our Gilbert patients want is a painful dental procedure. The good news is, wisdom teeth removal at Creative Smiles is pain-free—and it can make a big difference to your dental health!
Do you need your wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth removal (also called extraction) may be required if your wisdom teeth are misaligned, infected, impacted, or don’t fit in your mouth properly. When left untreated, these issues can affect your dental health—resulting in pain, swelling, gum disease and crowding in surrounding teeth.
Impacted vs. Non-Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Whether your wisdom teeth are impacted or not can help our team determine if they need to be removed.
Impacted wisdom teeth are trapped in the gums or jaw bone, causing them to grow horizontally instead of in a normal, healthy upright position. This can cause infection, crowding in the teeth—plus, pain and discomfort. To prevent these problems, we recommend that you get impacted wisdom teeth removed.
Non-impacted wisdom teeth come through vertically, with enough room in the jaw for them to align properly. If your wisdom teeth are aligned correctly and no infection or pain is present, we won’t necessarily recommend an extraction.
Wisdom Teeth Removal with IV Sedation
Our office offers IV sedation, which numbs your mouth and makes you comfortably drowsy throughout your wisdom teeth removal. In other words, you won’t feel pain and you’ll be super-relaxed—even asleep—throughout the procedure. Ask us whether IV sedation is right for you or your loved one.
What to Expect During Recovery from a Wisdom Teeth Removal
Your wisdom teeth removal may result in mild to moderate pain for up to a week post-op. Every patient has a different recovery experience, depending on their pain tolerance, dental health, and a range of other factors.
The good news is, these 4 tips from Ask the Dentist can help speed up your recovery process:
- Ice the area of your cheek closest to the wisdom teeth removal. (Don’t apply heat!)
- Drink coconut water until you’re able to eat soft foods like soup, smoothies, protein shakes, scrambled eggs and yogurt. This will help balance your blood sugar and give you the electrolytes you need to stay healthy.
- Sleep with your head elevated for at least three days post-op.
We hope these tips have demystified the wisdom teeth removal process. Our team at Creative Smiles is here to help if you have any questions about your dental health. Give us a call today.