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Removal Of Impacted Teeth

Posted on 11/1/2023 by San Tan Oral Surgery
Concerned patient discussing her tooth pain with her dentist while sitting in a dental chair at San Tan Oral Surgery.Impacted wisdom teeth occur when the third molars get partially or entirely stuck within the jawbone or gums. The situation can give rise to several oral health complications, such as tooth decay, infection, and gum disease. Dentists will recommend a surgical extraction for impacted teeth.

Impacted Teeth Extraction Procedure

When impacted wisdom teeth cause dental issues and severe pain, the usual course of action is extracting them surgically. Extraction is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing you to return home on the same day. The process involves the following steps:

Sedation or Anesthesia

The oral surgeon can decide to use various anesthesia types during the procedure. These comprise local anesthesia to numb the area before the surgery. You will remain conscious throughout the process. The oral surgeon can also decide to administer sedation anesthesia that induces a state of reduced consciousness. It ensures you won't feel any pain and have limited recollection of the procedure. In some cases, you may get general anesthesia that induces unconsciousness during the procedure.

Tooth Removal

Your dentist or oral surgeon makes an incision in the gums to reveal the tooth and underlying bone. They then eliminate bone that obstructs access to the tooth root and segments the tooth into smaller parts if it facilitates easier removal. Once the tooth is extracted, the wound is usually closed with stitches. They apply gauze over the extraction site to manage bleeding and promote blood clot formation.

What Happens After The Removal Of Impacted Teeth

After the procedure, the medical team will take you to the recovery room if general anesthesia is used. If local anesthesia is employed, you will stay on the dental chair for a short recovery period. You might experience some minor bleeding after the extraction. Avoid excessive spitting to prevent dislodging the blood clot from the socket. Replace the gauze over the extraction site as directed by the oral surgeon. You might also experience some bruising and swelling, lasting a few days. Take a lot of water and eat soft foods after the surgery.
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