As your wisdom teeth begin to grow, they often leave your mouth feeling sore and tender to the touch. Unfortunately, many people don’t have room in their mouths for the new teeth, making the pain even worse. For this reason, most people choose to have a wisdom tooth extraction in Chanhassen MN. While dental work sometimes seems scary, it helps if you understand what to expect.
Before the Procedure
On the day of your appointment, your dentist will offer you an anesthetic before the procedure begins. Depending on your sensitivity to anesthesia and several other factors, you will receive local, sedation or general anesthesia. Local anesthesia means you will still feel pressure and movement during the procedure, but you shouldn’t feel pain. If you receive sedation dentistry, you may be awake, but you won’t feel pain and you likely won’t even remember the procedure. In certain situations, general anesthesia is required. In this case, you will be completely unconscious during the procedure.
During the Procedure
Your dentist follows several steps during the wisdom tooth extraction process. First, he will make an incision on your gum to gain access to the tooth and bone and then remove the bone that is in front of your tooth’s root. From there, he removes the tooth. He may do this in pieces if it is easier to do so. After removing the tooth or teeth, he will clean any debris from the tooth or bone out of your mouth and stitch the wound, if necessary. Finally, he will put gauze on the wound to control the bleeding.
After the Procedure
After your extraction, you can expect bleeding, swelling, and bruising. You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever if you dentist did not prescribe something for the pain. Plan to relax for the rest of the day. You can eat only soft foods for at least 24 hours. Be sure to drink lots of water and cleanse your mouth regularly to promote healing.
While a wisdom tooth extraction is never fun, neither is the ongoing pain that may occur if you don’t have it done. If you follow all your dentist’s instructions, you should be back to your old self in no time. Chanhassen Family Dentistry provide a wide range of Tooth Repair & Treatments. They have the in-clinic experience to restore your smile and oral health.