When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, an extraction may be necessary.
Because of powerful anesthetics and sedatives, tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than in the past. In many cases, a patient who has tooth pulled experiences little or no discomfort, and only minor bleeding.
Before a tooth is pulled, the area surrounding the tooth is numbed with a topical/and or injectable anesthetic such as Novocaine. An antibiotic may be administered to prevent infection. Post-operative patients should avoid smoking, vigorous brushing and rinsing, and drinking liquids through straws because they hinder healing and may cause the wound to reopen. Cold compresses applied to the outside cheek near the extraction area can help reduce any swelling and promote faster healing.
Wisdom teeth are the third and last set of molars to come in to the back corners of the upper and lower normal adult mouth. Because most people have problems with impacted wisdom teeth, such as crowding, improper bite, etc., they are typically removed. Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely painful, as well as harmful to the health of your mouth.
Many patients need to have their wisdom teeth extracted to avoid serious problems down the road. In general, the lack of the four wisdom teeth does not hamper one’s ability to properly bite down, speak or eat.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have an impacted wisdom tooth:
- Facial swelling
- Gum swelling