When you’re making a list of truly pleasant experiences in life, wisdom tooth extraction probably isn’t near the top of your list. There’s no way to make having teeth removed into an enjoyable situation, but removing wisdom teeth is an important process that can have a major positive impact on your appearance and dental health. The modern process is safer and less painful than it’s ever been, so the rewards far outweigh the risks.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
There are two basic types of wisdom tooth extractions: those in which the tooth is still under the gum and those in which the tooth has erupted from the gum. For teeth that have already fully erupted from the gum, the procedure is the same as it would be for the extraction of a non-wisdom tooth. The tooth would simply be grasped with a removal tool and pulled from the socket.
When the tooth has not yet erupted, it is necessary to make an incision through the gum and the bone to get to the tooth. Next, it is usually helpful to split the tooth into fragments for easier removal. No matter which type of extraction is required, the follow-up is very important. At Twin Cities Dental, our follow-up usually involves a careful cleaning of the site, stitches, a gauze packing, ice and medication for pain and to prevent infection.
A common situation is that the mouth may be too crowded for the growth of wisdom teeth, and they would become impacted if allowed to grow. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain, infection and damage to surrounding teeth and bone.
Modern Techniques to Make the Extraction Less Painful
Modern anesthesia techniques make the actual wisdom tooth extraction process much less painful. At Twin Cities Dental, you can choose to have a local anesthetic, in which case you’ll be awake for the procedure but feel little pain. Or you may choose sedation anesthesia.
With sedation anesthesia you will experience suppressed consciousness that assures no pain during the procedure and only limited memories of the whole experience. Afterwards, modern pain medications and after-care techniques will assure a speedy and relatively pain-free recovery.