Tooth Extractions

Wisdom teeth also called third molars are the last adult teeth to break through. When these molars come in usually between the ages of 15 and 20 you might not have enough room for them to erupt therefore you will need to wisdom teeth removed. When your teeth align properly and your gum tissue is healthy you may not need to remove your wisdom teeth. The decision to remove your teeth is not easy make sure your dentist explains all the risks before you have your wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth extraction can be done at your dental or oral surgeon’s office. Either local or general anesthesia can be used to control pain and discomfort during the procedure.

Tooth Extraction Process

Prior to your tooth extraction the dentist will need to numb your tooth and around the immediate gum area with a local anesthetic.  You should not feel much pain during the extraction; dentist will apply firm pressure and rock the tooth to widen the socket. After your tooth has been pulled it is very important to stop the bleeding simply by applying gauze for the first hour to make sure a blood clot is formed.

What is the Best Age to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Pulled? 

There is no exact age for wisdom tooth removal because some people get them at a young age others get them in adulthood.  Having wisdom teeth removed too soon is not generally recommended because you should allow your teeth to align and move towards final position. The general recommendation is to have your wisdom teeth removed between the ages of 18 and 24 years.

Should I Wait to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed? 

If you wait too long before you have your wisdom teeth removed you may cause your third molar to become impacted when it does not have enough room for growth. The pain associated with a wisdom tooth infection can be extremely painful and should be treated quickly to avoid other problems.

Wisdom teeth can become infected when the third molar partially breaks through the gum. When the partial eruption normally occurs there is not enough space at the back of the jaw to accommodate the wisdom tooth. This condition can lead to pericoronitis, inflammation of the tissue around the tooth.  Wisdom teeth may infection may also cause swollen lymph glands and sore throats.

What Is The Recovery Time After Wisdom Teeth Removal? 

The removal of impacted teeth is a serious surgical procedure. After surgery which typically can take just a few hours you will need at least two weeks for recovery. Limit eating, drinking and talking for the first two hours following surgery and rest for the remainder of the day. Following the surgery the gauze pads should be removed if you continue to bleed for first 48 hours apply new gauze till the bleeding stops.

The amount of swelling and pain varies from person to person. Swelling is due to the extractions themselves or the muscles being stretched open during the extraction procedure. You should take ibuprofen to reduce the inflammation along with your prescribed pain and antibiotic medications.

Keeping good oral hygiene is the most important step to a fast recovery time. No rinsing should be performed until the following day of the surgery, do not use mouthwash unless prescribed by dentist instead use salt water and rinse gently. You can brush your teeth the night of surgery just rinse gently. The day after surgery you should begin gently rinsing at least 5 times a day especially after eating.

How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost? 

The average cost range for wisdom tooth extraction is $250 to $500 per tooth often dependent on whether tooth is impacted or not. Extraction costs for impacted wisdom teeth are much higher than erupted wisdom teeth. Insurance coverage for wisdom teeth removal is determined by your individual policy. Most extractions are covered by dental insurance; however, occasionally impacted wisdom teeth are covered by medical insurance.

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