Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal is one of our specialty areas at Patrick Toms DMD. For years we have served students, their parents and business professionals across the North Georgia region. Whether you need one or more of your wisdom teeth removed, we have the knowledge and expertise to complete the removal procedure safely, comfortably and effectively.
We have years of experiencing assisting with wisdom teeth extractions for the following:
- Partial eruptions
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Early removals
Wisdom Teeth Surgery
Prior to removing a wisdom tooth, we typically numb the general area surrounding the tooth with a local anesthetic. If multiple teeth are being removed, we will often use IV sedation dentistry to ensure that our patients are in a deep state of relaxation. This sedation prevents patients from feeling any pain and often causes them to have no recollection of the procedure; however, they are still able to respond to requests and breathe on their own.
When extracting wisdom teeth, Dr. Toms opens up the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth and removes any bone that is covering the teeth. Next, he will separate the tissue that connects the wisdom teeth to the bone and then extract the tooth. Following the tooth extraction, stitches are often needed to ensure that the extraction area fully heals.
Following the procedure, our staff will consult with patients regarding what to expect after surgery. Because sedatives will be administered during the procedure, an escort will be needed to safely transport a patient home.
Recovery Tips After Wisdom Teeth Surgery
Below are some recommendations for patients following their wisdom teeth removal.
- Stitches are commonly used following the wisdom teeth removal. Some may be dissolvable while others might need to be removed a few days later. Your dental staff will educate you on taking care of the extraction spots following surgery.
- Many dentists will provide gauze pads to help soak up any blood or other fluids that occur after your surgery. Biting down on these gently helps many patients – just be sure to change them out periodically.
- Ice packs and any pain medications can assist with keeping you comfortable and minimizing swelling.
- Avoid physical activity after surgery. Staying relaxed can help patients heal faster and avoid any complications.
- Eat soft foods, such as jell-o and pudding, immediately following your wisdom teeth removal and then begin to eat more solid food as your extraction spots begin to heal.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water several times a day to help relieve any pain and reduce swelling.
- Avoid sucking on a straw for the first few days as this action can loosen blood clots and cause your mouth to heal more slowly.
- Continue to brush your teeth and tongue normally, but use caution around the surgery spots.