Safe, Comfortable Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
At Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we are committed to providing patients with a comfortable, painless wisdom teeth removal experience. With a simple exam, we can determine if your wisdom teeth may cause problems in the future.
The Wisdom Teeth Basics
It is believed that third molars are also called wisdom teeth because they appear as the patient matures and they erupt much later than the other teeth. For most people, problems with wisdom teeth come between the ages of 15-25. Even those who don’t have pain from their wisdom teeth may be at risk and should have their teeth examined at least once a year. If there is not enough room in the mouth for the third molars to come through the gums, it may lead to a cyst formation, possible crowding, infection or damage to the surrounding teeth.
Because the body heals faster when it is younger, we encourage patients to have their impacted wisdom teeth removed early. As you age, the healing process is less predictable, and complication rates are higher.
The Process of Removing Wisdom Teeth
We recognize that many patients fear the process of removing their wisdom teeth, and we do all we can to ease anxiety in a comfortable, calm environment. We offer several sedation options to ensure that you are relaxed as your third molars are removed.
As most patients prefer not to know the exact details of the process, the following steps are what you should be aware of:
- Before the procedure, you take medication to minimize swelling and pain.
- If sedation is necessary, the compassionate, caring staff will oﬀer IV sedation while you’re comfortably seated in the surgical suite.
- Once your teeth are removed, you may require stitches that dissolve on their own in two to five days.
- You must be accompanied by a driver who is at least 18 years old. The driver must wait in our facility during the operation. If you’re still recovering from sedation after surgery, your post-op instructions will be reviewed with your driver, and an instructional packet will be sent home with you to review later.
Our accredited status with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care shows that we have hospital-quality surgeons and facilities to ensure that you get the best care and comfort throughout the entire process.
After Wisdom Teeth Removal
Once your teeth are out, you can begin the path to healing. Use the following guidelines to ease back into normal life:
- Stay elevated.
- Don’t drink out of a straw, blow, swish or spit.
- Change gauze every 30-40 minutes, but realize it will never come out completely clean.
- Ice, ice, ice.
- Stay hydrated.
- Avoid solid foods and introduce food slowly back into the diet.
- Limit activity.
Every patient is given a detailed list of post-operation instructions. If followed closely, the body recovers quickly.
Those who want a calm, comfortable, painless wisdom teeth removal are welcome to contact us to learn more or to schedule a consultation with a skilled, qualified surgeon.