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Oral Surgery (Wisdom Teeth)

What is the most common oral surgery in America? Ask this to just about any dental professional and you will probably receive the answer, “Wisdom teeth extractions”. Most people have wisdom teeth and of all those people the vast majority must have them removed. Why can’t we just leave the wisdom teeth in? Wisdom teeth present a unique issue – there isn’t enough space in most mouths for them. That’s right, your mouth probably just doesn’t have the amount of room required for your wisdom teeth to reasonably fit in there with all your other teeth.

So what would happen if we just left the teeth to come in on their own? Most likely they would become impacted. When a tooth is impacted it means that it can’t fully erupt from the gums because it has run into another structure in the mouth on its way to the surface. Many wisdom teeth come in at odd angles, or interfere with other teeth and as a result can lead to pain, infection, tooth damage, and more serious issues.

If it looks like your wisdom teeth will be impacted, we will build an extraction plan to ensure that we can catch them before they become impacted. If it looks like your wisdom teeth will be able to fit within your mouth, we will continue to monitor them as they erupt to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

Tooth Extraction Post-Operative Instructions

Following a tooth extraction it is normal to experience some bleeding. During this time your mouth is working to build a blood clot that will act as a dam for the blood and against particulate matter entering the wound. We will have packed the extraction site with gauze and ask that you limit probing with your tongue to feel around the area. It is best to leave the gauze in for anywhere from a half hour to an hour, or until the bleeding stops.

At this point a clot will have formed in the site. The clot is essential to the recovery of the extraction site. In order to ensure that the clot stays put, make sure to avoid using straws and to only eat softer foods. The use of tobacco products is not advisable during recovery. If you have been prescribed pain killers to help manage discomfort, please use them only as instructed. The use of mild analgesics like Tylenol, Advil, and Aleve is usually enough to help prevent discomfort.

If you experience significant pain or discomfort that lasts more then 2-3 days after the extraction, give our office a call at [[[CLientT:OfficePhone]]].

Rinsing with water after meals should be done for about a week following any extraction. You can start this process 24 hours after extraction with a salt water rinse. This goes a long way in helping to prevent bacterial grow in your mouth.

Please give our office a call at (971) 337-3111, to schedule an appointment. Remember, if you experience pain or discomfort in your mouth lasting longer than a week, schedule an appointment to be seen as this could be the sign of a more serious issue.
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