Easy and Gentle Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth can often cause many oral health complications for adults and teens alike. Often, when wisdom teeth—or third molars—erupt, there is simply not enough room to accommodate them and they must be removed. Though wisdom tooth extraction is common, Dr. Kyle F. Long will never recommend the procedure if it is unnecessary. He will first perform an examination at his Denver, CO, office to determine whether extraction is necessary and even if you do require wisdom tooth removal, he will use gentle techniques that will result in minimal discomfort. Additionally, he offers oral conscious sedation to alleviate any anxiety you may have and ensure a virtually stress-free treatment. With these safe anti-anxiety medications, you will likely remember very little about the procedure.
Would You Benefit from Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Wisdom teeth generally begin to erupt in your late teens or early twenties. When there is insufficient space in your mouth, your wisdom teeth can put pressure on nearby teeth as they erupt. This can eventually cause pronounced and widespread misalignment. In many cases, wisdom teeth are so crowded that they are not able to erupt fully. Instead, they remain trapped below the gum or bone tissue. These are called impacted wisdom teeth and they can cause significant discomfort and inflammation. Impacted wisdom teeth can also lead to infection, since bacteria can flourish in the pockets of tissue around the molars. In any of these situations, Dr. Long will usually recommend extraction.
In some cases, he may suggest removal as a preventive measure. By evaluating x-rays and the shape of your jaw, Dr. Long may be able to determine whether you have enough room for wisdom teeth before they come in. By removing the third molars early, he can often prevent misalignment or impacted teeth. Additionally, younger patients often find it easier to recover from extraction.
What to Expect during an Extraction
We recognize that wisdom tooth extraction may make you nervous, but with Dr. Long’s gentle methods, the process will be quick and easy. Before he begins, we will provide both local anesthesia and deeper sedation. Although there are several options, we most frequently recommend oral conscious sedation. Anti-anxiety medications will put you in a twilight sleep where you will be deeply relaxed and mostly unaware of what is going on around you while still remaining conscious enough to respond to commands.
Once you have entered the twilight sleep, Dr. Long will extract your tooth in one of two ways. He may perform a simple extraction during which he will simply loosen the tooth and lift it from the socket. However, if you have an impacted tooth, you will need a surgical extraction. During this process, the dentist will first remove some of the bone or gum tissue that is blocking your molar. Dr. Long may remove the tooth in several pieces to reduce the impact on your jaw and gums.
Wisdom teeth can often cause many oral health complications for adults and teens alike.
Recovery from Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Using careful methods, Dr. Long can significantly lessen your discomfort and recovery time. Furthermore, by taking certain precautions, you can help to ensure safe and successful healing. Immediately after your procedure, you experience some bleeding. By biting down on a piece of gauze, you can staunch blood flow and accelerate the healing process. It is also normal to experience some swelling and sensitivity. Accordingly, you should eat a soft diet for a few days. You can also use ice packs and mild medications to help ease inflammation. Of course, you should be very careful when brushing your teeth, particularly your molars. To help eliminate harmful bacteria, you should rinse your mouth with a saline solution at regular intervals, especially after meals. Finally, be sure to get plenty of rest. Although you can usually resume your normal routine the next day, avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous exercise for at least a week.
Schedule Your Wisdom Tooth Evaluation
If you have not had your wisdom teeth checked, an examination now could prevent serious problems later. Contact our office online to book an appointment or call our office at (303) 722-1690.