Around 85% of Americans have to have their wisdom teeth removed. Contact the expert oral surgeons at Pinole Oral Surgery, in Pinole, California, if you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth or know that you need extraction. The surgeons have many years of experience and can remove your wisdom teeth quickly and safely. Call Pinole Oral Surgery or schedule a consultation online today.
WHY WOULD I NEED TO HAVE MY WISDOM TEETH REMOVED?
Your wisdom teeth are your last set of molars. They typically erupt when you’re in your late teens or early 20s, long after the rest of your adult teeth emerged.
There are many reasons why you might need to have your wisdom teeth removed. One of the most common reasons for wisdom teeth extraction is overcrowding. If you don’t have enough room in your mouth, your wisdom teeth can push your other teeth together, reducing the space between your teeth and causing overlaps, which can make it harder to clean between your teeth.
You may also need to have your wisdom teeth removed if they don’t wholly emerge from your gums or don’t emerge at all. If your wisdom teeth get stuck in your jaw, they’re impacted and increase your risk of infection and decay. A common infection related to impacted wisdom teeth is called pericoronitis.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION?
The surgeons at Pinole Oral Surgery are experienced at both simple and surgical extractions. During both types of procedures, the surgeon thoroughly numbs your mouth and can provide sedation to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout the surgery.
In a simple extraction, the oral surgeon grasps your wisdom tooth with a special tool and wiggles it loose before pulling it from its socket. However, if your wisdom teeth are impacted, they may need to make an incision in your gums or jawbone to reach the tooth.
HOW SHOULD I TAKE CARE OF MY TEETH AFTER MY SURGERY?
The oral surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to take care of your teeth after an extraction. For example:
- Gently rinse with a saltwater solution for the first day.
- Stick to soft foods or liquids for a couple of days after your extraction.
- Don’t use a straw as the suction could dislodge the clot in your socket and lead to complications such as dry socket.
Call Pinole Oral Surgery or schedule a consultation online today for expert wisdom tooth extraction services.
DOES TOOTH EXTRACTION HURT
Many people put off necessary tooth surgery because of the fear of what pain they might experience during the procedure. You can be assured that the surgeons at Pinole Oral Surgery will make you feel as comfortable as possible. During a consultation before the surgery, you will have a chance to speak to the surgeons about any concerns you have and they will tailor the anesthetic to your needs. You may be given a local anesthetic or general anesthetic depending on the type of procedure needed to remove the tooth. You may also be given a sedative to help you relax through the treatment. Once the surgery is over, painkillers can be used to ease any residual pain in your mouth.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M RECOVERING WELL AFTER MY TOOTH EXTRACTION?
After your tooth is extracted there are some common signs that are normal to see and others that you should be alert to. For example, during the first 48 hours, it is perfectly normal to see some residual bleeding around the extraction site. You are also likely to see some swelling during this time. If you see any of the signs in the below list then there is a greater cause for alarm and it is necessary that you get in contact with the surgeons at Pinole Oral Surgery to have the extraction site looked at.
- Heavy bleeding or extreme pain after 4 hours since the extraction
- Indications of infection including chills
- Nausea or vomiting
- An excessive amount of discharge
- Coughing, shortness of breath, or chest pain
HOW MUCH IS IT FOR A TOOTH EXTRACTION?
A simple extraction can cost anywhere between $75 to $200. However, many factors can increase the cost of a wisdom tooth extraction. Perhaps a surgical extraction is necessary, or the extraction requires the use of local or general anesthesia. These will add to the overall cost of the extraction.