Wisdom Teeth Extraction
The Process of Extracting a Tooth
Clinical and radiographic (x-ray) examinations are done to assess the position of the tooth roots and the condition of the surrounding bone. This will allow any possible complications to be anticipated.
Anesthesia is administered to numb up the tooth and the surrounding area. As the tooth is being removed, steps are taken to protect the adjacent teeth and preserve the bone as much as possible. that surrounds it isn't damaged. Drills may be used to section the tooth or to remove bone, as needed.
What to Expect After Tooth Extraction
Immediately after your tooth is extracted, the socket will be covered with sterile gauze; gentle pressure will be applied for 10-20 minutes to control any bleeding. Sutures (stitches) might also be used for this purpose. It's normal to experience some mild to moderate post-operative discomfort and/or swelling. Taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and/or aspirin the day of surgery should control most symptoms. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to ensure infection-free healing. Using ice packs on the outside of your jaw, and eating softer foods until you feel more comfortable can also be helpful. Within a few days, all should be back to normal.