Oral Surgery: What to Expect From Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom tooth removal is an incredibly common type of oral surgery, but many people will still dread it when it comes time to lay back in their dentist’s chair. In the interest of keeping our patients informed, confident and calm, Lynn Dental Care wants to let you know what you should expect from this particular oral surgery procedure.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Some people will never have to have their wisdom teeth removed, while others will feel real discomfort until they’re gone. It all depends on the shape of your jaw, how your teeth grew in, whether you have previously had teeth removed, whether you have had braces in the past and a long list of other factors.
Wisdom teeth are teeth that come in during your late teens or early adulthood and are the last teeth that you will grow. This can result in pain and discomfort if your teeth are misaligned and overcrowded, and will become worse if removal is put off until later in life.
How Are They Removed?
The actual oral surgery part of wisdom tooth removal is a little more complicated than a typical tooth extraction. One, some or all of your wisdom teeth can be removed depending on the severity of your problem – if it’s just one, you’ll likely be given a local anesthetic, whereas if it’s multiple, you’ll probably be put under general anesthetic.
The dentist will then open the gum so that they can remove bone that may be covering the offending wisdom tooth. The tooth is then cut away from the connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels that help to keep the tooth in place. In some more complicated procedures, the dentist may break the tooth into pieces to make it easier to extract. In some cases, you may have stitches put it that will dissolve or be removed after a few days.
Does It Hurt?
When it comes to oral surgery, how much it hurts is the million dollar question for most people. The common discomfort people feel during dental procedures is less pain and more pressure, but the important thing is to talk to your dentist about what to expect.
If you’re concerned about a procedure, there may be a chance that you can have general anesthetic. Just remember that your dentist and the staff at Lynn Dental Care are there to make sure you experience as little discomfort as possible, and will work with you to achieve it.
Oral Surgery with Lynn Dental Care
Whether you need a wisdom tooth removal or any kind of oral surgery, contact your local Dallas dentist at Lynn Dental Care today. We also offer orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry and more. We’re dedicated to the comfort and confidence of our patients, and you can rely on us for professional and personal care throughout your procedure.