Whether your dentist or a specialist is performing the extraction
the procedure is the same. First, a local anesthetic is given to
make the procedure more comfortable. In some cases your doctor may
elect to administer nitrous oxide gas in addition to the anesthetic
or use a general anesthetic to put you under entirely.
Once the area is numb, the extraction begins. A dental instrument
called an elevator is used to wiggle the tooth in its socket. After
the tooth is loosened it is removed using forceps or in some more
complicated cases a surgical hand piece is also used to assist with
the removal of the tooth.
Extraction's Possible Complications
Like most other procedures, tooth extraction is not free of possible
complications. You should be aware that there is a slight chance of
infection, tenderness, prolonged bleeding, dry socket and loosening
of neighboring teeth or their fillings or crowns.
Another rare possibility is of an upper tooth getting displaced into
the sinus. Lastly, jaw fracture and temporary or permanent numbness
is also very rare possibilities.
When Should I Remove My Wisdom Tooth?
When should you have your wisdom teeth removed? There is no single
right answer for everyone; however, if your dentist has advised you
that your wisdom teeth look potentially problematic it's generally
best to remove them sooner rather than later.
This advice is based on the fact that the younger you are, the
faster you heal. The likeliness of lingering numbness, jaw fracture
or other complications also increases with age. Lastly, the longer
you leave a troublesome wisdom tooth in your mouth, the longer it
has to cause further problems in the future.
Post Oral Surgery Care