No one looks forward to needing oral surgery. You may be doing everything you possibly can to prevent tooth decay, but sometimes it happens anyway. Or you may find yourself dealing with gum disease that leads to deep pockets and the necessity for intervention. No matter what the case, you will need some good information to help you make informed decisions about your oral health.
When an infection reaches the soft inner tissues of a tooth, called the dental pulp it normally results in either a root canal procedure or a tooth extraction.
Extractions are actually one of the most commonly performed types of oral surgery. There are two basic types: simple and surgical. The simple form takes place when we deliver a local anesthetic to the tooth to be pulled. Your dentist then grasps the tooth, rocking it back and forth until it loosens and can be pulled.
The surgical type of extraction involves incisions around the gums. This type becomes necessary when there is no visible tooth structure above the gum line.
Why do you have wisdom teeth? Prehistoric humans had much larger jaws; wisdom teeth assisted them in chewing course foods. Modern humans have smaller jaws that can lead to problems with the eruption of wisdom teeth.
Some problems caused by wisdom teeth include infections, lesions, tumors, cysts, or damage to nearby teeth. A fair number of people with wisdom teeth end up developing periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease. Left untreated, conditions related to wisdom teeth can progress significantly. If your wisdom teeth are free of disease and have sufficient room to erupt, it may be okay to keep them. Just be sure that they are monitored during your regular checkups.
Wisdom teeth are easier to extract when the patient is a teenager because this is when the roots are not fully developed. This is a good age to have your wisdom teeth removed while this window of opportunity is still open.
As you grow older, your roots also continue growing. Your teeth can also move into different positions, making the difficulty of an extraction increase. Recovery periods are also longer for older patients who require extraction of their wisdom teeth.
The recovery period for extracted wisdom teeth is similar to that of normal teeth. Be sure to follow all of our postoperative instructions to ensure that you heal properly and as quickly as possible. If you should experience any lingering pain following your extraction, be sure to let us know right away.
Following a tooth extraction, the patient must take care to prevent a complication called dry socket. After the surgery, a blood clot will be formed at the extraction site. It is important that it remain in place so that you heal quickly and properly. Sometimes, this blood clot can become dislodged and cause a setback in your recovery.
To ensure that the blood clot remains intact, avoid vigorously rinsing your mouth with water for 24 hours after your surgery. You should also avoid sucking on a straw or smoking, since both activities create a suction effect that can dislodge the blood clot.
If you are considering oral surgery, please contact the office of Aesthetic Dentistry of Rockland County to schedule a consultation. This is a good opportunity to ask any remaining questions that you may have and share your concerns with us regarding future oral surgery.
We take our patients’ privacy seriously. Please refrain from providing any personal health or sensitive information. Call us at(845) 735-7500to schedule your appointment over the phone.
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