If you’re experiencing pain in the back of your mouth from your teeth, then you might need to come in for wisdom teeth removal at our Gilbert office. This is a common procedure for many teenagers who don’t have enough space for the wisdom teeth to come through. Adults can also have their wisdom teeth removed if they experience pain or other issues once the teeth have erupted. Keep in mind that you don’t need to keep your wisdom teeth in your mouth, so it’s fine if they are removed as it won’t impact the way that you eat. For some people, it can often improve their ability to eat because they are no longer in pain or have pressure from the teeth. They can also get relief from headaches because of the pressure from the teeth.
You’ll usually need to have your wisdom teeth removed at our Gilbert office if they are impacted or if they have only partially erupted. If the teeth are impacted, it means that there’s not enough room for them to come through your gums. They can often push against the other back teeth, resulting in crowding of the rest of your teeth in your mouth. If your teeth have partially come through, then there is an increased risk of an infection developing because bacteria can get trapped between the tooth and the gums. You might not be able to clean your teeth in the proper way if your wisdom teeth don’t fully erupt.
The first thing that’s done when you visit our Gilbert office is an exam of your mouth to determine if your wisdom teeth are the cause of the issues that you’re experiencing. An X-ray is usually taken to get a better view of your wisdom teeth. Once the dentist determines where they are located, then a plan for removing them can be put in place. Sometimes, adjacent teeth are removed as well if there is no room for them to erupt. An appointment is then scheduled for wisdom teeth removal. You’ll discuss the procedure, what to expect regarding anesthesia, and what you should do and not do during the recovery process.
When you arrive at the office for your surgery, you’ll be given some type of anesthetic to keep you comfortable or even unaware of what’s taking place during the removal process. Sometimes, a local anesthetic or laughing gas is enough for wisdom teeth removal. The exact kind you receive will usually depend on whether the surgeon will need to make an opening to remove your wisdom teeth or if they have fully erupted through the gums and can be extracted like other teeth in your mouth. As soon as you’re comfortable, the surgeon will begin the removal process.
Someone will need to stay in the office until you’re ready to leave. Instructions for what you should do when you get home will be given to the person who is taking you from the office. You’ll probably feel drowsy when you leave the Gilbert office, but this feeling tends to wear off after a few hours. Try to rest as much as you can after surgery. Avoid drinking anything using a straw because it can create a dry socket in your mouth. You’ll be given pain medication to take and an antibiotic to decrease the risk of infection from developing.
For the first few days after surgery, you’re going to need to eat soft foods so that your mouth can heal while still getting the nutrients that you need. Consider taking a few days off from school or work so that you can rest during the recovery process. Sometimes, you might be able to bounce back after a day or two and continue with your normal routine. On the other hand, you might experience bleeding and pain for a few days after surgery that combine to make you want to stay in bed until you’re healed. Unless there is an issue with your incisions or with excessive bleeding, you usually won’t need to go back to the office for a follow-up appointment. Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater for a few days after surgery, and use moist warm heat to help with swelling.
To learn more about the benefits of wisdom teeth removal, we warmly encourage you to reach out and make an appointment with San Tan Oral Surgery. At out convenient location in Gilbert, our caring and devoted team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option to you in greater detail and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!