One of the most common forms of oral surgery is the removal of wisdom teeth. Other reasons for extractions include disease, trauma, or making room for orthodontic treatments. At Eaddy Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, PLLC in Austin, Texas, we perform comfortable and safe oral surgeries to resolve your oral concerns.
We generally extract a tooth after we have exhausted all other options, and it is in the best interest of your oral health. A simple surgery can be performed on a tooth visible in the mouth and has roots that can be easily removed. During the surgery, our dentists will loosen the tooth with a tool called an elevator. Then using forceps, the affected tooth is gently pulled out by applying controlled force.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
The wisdom teeth will become impacted when there is insufficient gum space for normal eruption. They either grow out at a wrong angle or do not fully emerge from the gum line. The site around the affected tooth can become swollen, infected, or painful. Some of the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth include:
- Swollen and bleeding gums
- Pain and swelling around the jaw
- Foul breath
- Headache or jaw ache
- Unpleasant taste when eating
Preparation for Wisdom Tooth Surgery
The duration of your procedure may vary depending on the complexity of the situation and the number of teeth that need to be pulled out. Before you undergo your extraction procedure, we will give you specific instructions in preparation for the surgery. You should not consume alcohol for at least twenty-four hours before receiving any anesthetic. We also recommend that someone accompany you to the office as anesthesia effects will take some time to wear off.
Wisdom Teeth Surgery
Once given anesthesia, our dentist will widen the socket around your wisdom teeth. The tooth will carefully be moved from side to side until it is loose enough to remove forceps.
If the tooth is deeply rooted in the gums, then we may cut through your gums and even remove some of your jawbones to reach the tooth. Then the opening is closed with sutures. Depending on the situation's complexity, the whole process can last between ten to twenty minutes.
Aftercare of Tooth Extractions
Patients will typically experience mild swelling and discomfort for several days after the surgery. It can take a few days for your mouth to heal completely. The recovery process includes:
- Eating soft foods
- Drinking plenty of water
- Use an ice pack to reduce swelling
- Use moist heat to ease sore jaw
- Do not brush until twenty-four hours
- Take the prescribed medication for the pain and swelling
- Do not eat hard or crunchy food
People residing in Lakeway, TX can book an appointment at the practice for all their dental needs. To learn more about oral surgeries, visit our office, Eaddy Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, PLLC, at 900 Ranch Rd 620 S C200, Lakeway, TX 78734. You can also reach us at (512) 607-9996 .