Wisdom Teeth Extraction: 101

A diagram of what wisdom teeth in need of removal may look like.

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Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of molars to emerge in the mouth. While some individuals may not experience any issues with their wisdom teeth, others may face complications such as impaction, overcrowding, or infection, necessitating wisdom teeth removal. At Coulee Region Implant and Oral Surgery (CRIOS), we understand that the prospect of wisdom teeth extraction can be daunting. That’s why we’re here to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the process to help ease any concerns you may have. 

Assessment and Consultation: The First Step 

The journey towards wisdom teeth removal typically begins with an assessment and consultation with an oral surgeon. During this initial appointment, the oral surgeon will examine your mouth and may take X-rays to evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth and assess whether extraction is necessary. They will also discuss the procedure in detail, including any potential risks and benefits, as well as answer any questions or concerns you may have. 

Preparation: Getting Ready for Surgery 

Once the decision to proceed with wisdom teeth removal has been made, the next step involves preparation for the surgery. This may include fasting for a certain period before the procedure, as well as arranging for transportation to and from the oral surgery office on the day of the surgery. It’s essential to follow any pre-operative instructions provided by your oral surgeon to ensure a smooth and successful procedure. 

The Surgery: What to Expect 

On the day of the surgery, you will be given anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. The type of anesthesia used will depend on various factors, including the complexity of the extraction and your personal preferences. Once you are comfortable and the anesthesia has taken effect, the oral surgeon will proceed with the extraction. 

During the surgery, the oral surgeon will carefully remove the wisdom teeth from the sockets in your jawbone and may need to make incisions in the gums to access the teeth. In some cases, the teeth may need to be divided into smaller pieces for easier removal. Once the teeth have been extracted, the oral surgeon will clean the extraction sites and may place stitches to promote healing. 

Recovery: Aftercare and Healing 

Following wisdom teeth removal, it’s normal to experience some discomfort, swelling, and mild bleeding. Your oral surgeon will provide detailed post-operative instructions, including how to manage pain and swelling, dietary restrictions and proper oral hygiene practices. It’s essential to follow these instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery and minimize the risk of complications. 

Follow-Up: Monitoring Your Progress 

After wisdom teeth removal, you may have a follow-up appointment with your oral surgeon to monitor your healing progress and remove any stitches if necessary. It’s essential to attend all scheduled follow-up appointments and notify your oral surgeon if you experience any unusual symptoms or complications during the recovery period. 

Expert Wisdom Teeth Removal at Coulee Region Implant and Oral Surgery 

In conclusion, wisdom teeth removal is a common oral surgery procedure designed to address issues such as impaction, overcrowding, and infection. At Coulee Region Implant and Oral Surgery, our experienced oral surgeons are committed to providing you with exceptional care throughout every step of the process. If you’re experiencing problems with your wisdom teeth or have been advised to undergo extraction, we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a healthier, more comfortable smile. 

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