How many times have you heard someone describe a difficult situation by saying, “it’s like pulling teeth?” This saying goes back to the days without modern technology, oral surgery, sedation, and painless extractions.
Sure, having a tooth extracted isn’t on anyone’s bucket list but at Austin Dental of Roswell, we have the experience and technology to make a tooth extraction as painless as possible.
Wisdom teeth are third molars and the last permanent teeth to erupt in the mouth. These teeth usually arrive between 17 and 25 years of age. Some patients never develop wisdom teeth or impacted teeth, while others can develop pain and decay.
An impacted wisdom tooth may grow at an angle or run into other teeth causing pain. Some teeth may not erupt out of the gums and cause jaw pain or sensitivity.
You’ll likely need your impacted wisdom tooth pulled if it results in problems such as:
In dental extractions, the dentist will loosen the tooth and then pull it out with forceps. If our dentist cannot get a hold of the tooth, he or she will refer you to an oral surgeon for a surgical extraction that involves the surgeon making a small incision in your gum to reach the affected tooth.
Your dentist will tell you to take it easy during the first 24 hours after an extraction. A blood clot needs to form in the space where the tooth was occupied. You should not do anything that will dislodge the clot, such as spitting, drinking through a straw, or anything that creates suction in your mouth. The site may have some local pain or swell after the extraction.
It takes about one to two weeks for your mouth to heal after an extraction. Surgical extractions may take longer, depending on the number of extractions and the complexity of the procedure.