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Wisdom Tooth Extraction Explained

Have you made your appointment to assess your wisdom teeth? Here is what you need to know about wisdom tooth extraction so that you can be fully prepared for your treatment.

Why do I need a wisdom tooth extraction?

There are many reasons you might need your wisdom teeth extracted. Wisdom teeth can cause pain in your mouth and jaw, destroy your healthy teeth, and create an infection. If you notice any of these scenarios, be sure to book an appointment as soon as possible so your dentist can check your oral cavity for the cause. What’s the next step?  If your dentist identifies an issue with your wisdom teeth, it may be time to book an appointment for a wisdom tooth extraction.

What are the benefits of getting your wisdom teeth pulled?

The risks associated with your wisdom teeth disappear and you can breathe easy knowing future complications will not arise.

It’s time for your wisdom tooth extraction…what happens during the process?

Your dentist will numb the gum area around the tooth to rid you of feeling immense pain. You may opt for some medicine that allows you to sleep through the procedure. Your wisdom tooth will be loosened then pulled either all at once or in pieces, whichever your dentist determines is the best way to remove the tooth. The area will be cleaned, and your gums may require stitching to ensure proper healing. Gauze will be placed over the extraction site to help blood clot.

What are the best ways to help your healing process?

Your dentist will give you detailed instructions on what to do during your healing time. Some of the things you should do are:

  • Help reduce swelling and fast-track your healing time by elevating your head
  • Don’t drink from a straw as the sucking can cause your blood clot to dislodge
  • Drink lots of water to keep hydrated as your mouth will likely be very dry after this surgery. Avoid dry socket by keeping your body hydrated.
  • Eat only soft foods for 24 hours then gradually build up to solid foods, steering clear of high spice levels that might irritate your wound

If serious complications arise after your wisdom tooth extraction, call your dentist for emergency dental right away.

What are some complications that can arise?

  • A bad taste that is not dissipated with salt water rinses – could be a sign of dry socket
  • Numbness or no feeling in the area
  • Hard time swallowing or breathing
  • Fever
  • Severe pain not relieved from medications

Now that you know more about wisdom tooth extractions and what to watch out for, you can relax knowing your dentist can help alleviate problems associated with these teeth. You are now prepared to understand this common process.


Medically reviewed by Dr. Gurshant Grewal - a Registered Dentist on November 15, 2019

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