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Wisdom Tooth Extraction – South Austin and Oak Hill, TX

Saying Goodbye to Unnecessary Teeth

A young woman in the dentist chair holding her cheekIf you’re one of those adults who remembers your friends in high school looking like a chipmunk because of their recent wisdom tooth removal surgery, you may be wondering why you never went through anything like that. While some people don’t have third molars, otherwise known as wisdom teeth, those who do will need to have them extracted at some point in their life. Whether you’re a teenager or adult, wisdom teeth extraction in South Austin is a familiar rite of passage and is necessary, especially if they’re impacted and painful. It’s also essential to prevent future dental problems. At The Dental Centre, Dr. Fan and his team will assess your individual situation and determine how best to proceed. If extraction is necessary, you can trust that your mouth is in the best of hands.

Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

A wisdom tooth that hasn’t erupted

There are a few reasons why you should have your wisdom teeth extracted. These include:

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Some wisdom teeth erupt through the gum line with no problem, but others become impacted, meaning they don’t have enough room to push through. Whether it partially erupts or not at all, your tooth can begin to grow at an angle and negatively affect your nearby, healthy teeth as well as your jawbone. Should this occur, you’ll be at risk for experiencing:

  • Pain
  • Trapped food behind your tooth
  • Tooth decay
  • Infection
  • Damage to nearby teeth

Preventing Future Dental Problems

Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t impacted, Dr. Fan may conduct wisdom tooth extractions in Oak Hill to prevent future problems from developing. Here’s why:

  • The chances for developing disease and infection increase
  • As you get older, you’re likelier to experience problems with surgery and complications after surgery
  • It can be difficult to clean the tooth if there’s not enough space for it to fully erupt

How Does the Extraction Process Work?

Dentists performing dental work on a patient

When arriving for your wisdom tooth extraction, Dr. Fan will administer anesthesia to make you comfortable throughout the procedure. Depending on the complexity of your particular situation, you’ll receive either local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia. No matter which one you receive, you can expect to feel no pain during the extraction process.

Then, Dr. Fan will make an incision in your gum tissue to expose to the tooth. If necessary, he will remove any bone that may be blocking his ability to access the root of the tooth. Depending on the state of your tooth, he may need to cut the tooth into sections for easier removal. Once the tooth is removed, he will clean the vacated socket and stitch the wound closed for effective healing. To control any bleeding, you’ll receive gauze over the wound, encouraging a blood clot to form.

Aftercare Tips

A young man with a cold compress on his cheek

Once your procedure is complete, there are some aftercare tips that you should follow:

  • Avoid spitting immediately after surgery, as it can dislodge the blood clot. If you experience some bleeding, replace the gauze over the wound as directed by Dr. Fan.
  • Feel free to take an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce your discomfort level. If Dr. Fan prescribes a pain medication, please take it as instructed. You may also use a cold compress.
  • To reduce swelling and bruising, use an ice pack or cold compress. This should improve within 2 or 3 days.
  • Avoid strenuous activity for at least a week after surgery, but you may resume normal activity the day after your procedure.
  • Drink plenty of water, but don’t drink through a straw.
  • Eat soft foods for the first 24 hours.
  • In the first 24 hours after surgery, don’t brush, floss, or rinse your mouth. After that, you can begin to resume your normal routine, but be gentle around the wound area.