If you suspect you need your wisdom teeth removed, please read on, then contact one of our experienced tooth removal and extraction dentists located in Basking Ridge and Morristown, NJ to learn what you can expect during your wisdom teeth removal procedure.
How do you know if you need a wisdom teeth removal procedure?
Some people live their whole lives with their wisdom teeth. Sometimes, dentists may decide against wisdom teeth removal for fear your teeth will shift. If the wisdom teeth do not cause you problems, your dentist probably will not remove them.
Nevertheless, the first, and very likely most common, sign of your wisdom teeth needing to be removed is pain. This dull aching pain resides in your jaw and can be so consistent that it causes headaches or migraines. It can also make chewing food extremely painful. Some of the other signs include:
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Swollen, tender or bleeding gums
- Jaw pain
- Swelling or stiffness in the jaw
- Bad breath
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Incorrect growth
- Pain and irritation
- Difficult eating
- A cyst forms around the tooth
- Teeth are not straight
- Sinus issues
- Inflamed gums
What does a wisdom teeth removal procedure entail?
Before the procedure, patients usually have a general or local anesthetic. A general anesthetic will require someone to help you after the surgery. If given general anesthetic, the procedure will most likely seem to pass in the blink of an eye. However, there are other sedation options. Depending on how many teeth will be removed and the severity of the case, the procedure can take up to several hours to complete. Dental assistants will help the dentist with the extraction. It is essential to keep an eye on the surgery site after removal to limit your chances of developing dry socket, i.e. when a blood clot fails to set before the wound has healed, or an infection. After the procedure, your dentist may instruct you to avoid blood thinners, such as aspirin. He or she may also instruct you on aftercare, which may involve antibiotics or prescription medication for the pain.
Dentists have been performing this procedure safely for decades, so do not let anxiety or fear prevent you from doing what is in the best interests of your oral health. Our general dentists located in Basking Ridge and Morristown, NJ have extensive experience with wisdom teeth and other dental issues. We can help you with a minimum of pain or discomfort, so please give us a call today.
Contact The Dental Associates of Basking Ridge
Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!