Is it time for your wisdom teeth to come out? We know this isn’t a procedure people look forward to, but knowing what to expect can make the whole process feel less stressful.
At Dr. Cook’s office in Birmingham, AL, tooth extraction is a fairly routine procedure. This means that Dr. Cook’s skill and compassion are both exemplary. We’ll make sure that you are comfortable and relaxed throughout your procedure and provide you with everything you need to know so you can be comfortable at home as well.
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If your wisdom teeth need to come out, it means that they are causing a problem. They may be causing crowding or they may be impacted, which means that they have only partway erupted.
We’ll begin by numbing the area so that you don’t feel any pain, although you can expect to feel some pressure and movement. Some patients don’t like the sounds they hear during the procedure, and we can discuss options like headphones, which may help you feel more comfortable.
The next step is to make a small incision to expose the tooth and remove any bone that might be blocking access. In some cases, we may have to divide the tooth to more easily remove it, and we will let you know if this is true for you.
Once the tooth is out, we’ll clean the site and, if needed, place dissolving stitches. We’ll place gauze in the area to help with bleeding and assist with clot formation. Hold this gauze in place for as long as we recommend.
Wisdom teeth extraction can require a slightly longer recovery phase than a simple extraction. We may provide you with prescription medication, but in many cases, over-the-counter anti-inflammatories or painkillers like ibuprofen and Tylenol are sufficient.
While you recover:
- Avoid spitting. This can delay clot formation.
- Use an ice pack if needed to reduce swelling.
- Drink plenty of water, but avoid alcohol, caffeine, carbonation, and heat. Do not use a straw. The sucking action can dislodge the clot.
- Stock your pantry and fridge ahead of time with soft foods like yogurt, smoothies, pudding, or applesauce. As tolerated, begin introducing semi-soft foods like mashed potatoes or egg, but avoid hot, spicy, hard, and chewy foods until the socket has healed.
Of course, if you have any questions at any point following your extraction, don’t hesitate to give us a call.