What to Expect When Saying Goodbye to Your Wisdom Teeth

This third set of molars got its name from the stage of life you’re in when they typically arrive, the time when you’re starting to feel more mature and, well ... wiser. For some people, they come on the scene with no problems whatsoever and just add one more tooth at the end of the line. But for more than 3 million people a year, they grow in crooked or sideways, they erupt only partially or not at all, or they cause pain and infection — and the best thing to do is extract them.

At WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists, our multidisciplinary team of professionals can let you know exactly what’s happening with your wisdom teeth and whether or not you need to have them removed. 

If yours need to come out, don’t worry, we have all the specialists you need under one roof, so you won’t need to wait for referrals and drive to other offices. Our unique practice offers you all the experts on one team, so you can relax knowing your wisdom teeth are in good hands.

Keeping your wisdom teeth — what could go wrong?

Does the thought of extracting your wisdom teeth worry you? You’re not alone. But as is true about many things in life, sometimes the anticipation is worse than reality. 

The first thing to know is that not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. But if yours are angled or impacted, you could be facing some significant pain and other issues, such as:

In fact, if you’re already being treated for orthodontic issues, wisdom teeth can hinder those efforts by changing the alignment and spacing of your teeth.

What to expect the day you say goodbye to your wisdom teeth

On the day you come in to have your wisdom teeth extracted, expect to feel comfortable, informed, and relaxed. Most people opt for sedation (to be asleep) but even if you are awake, the procedure should be relatively pain-free because of the administration of local anesthesia.

What happens next depends on the stage and position of your wisdom teeth. We may need to make a small incision in the gum tissue if your tooth hasn’t yet broken through the surface, and we may need to divide the tooth into two or more sections in order to remove it.

Once it’s out, we clean the area to prevent infection, add a couple stitches if necessary, and gently apply absorbent gauze to help protect the spot and promote blood clotting. 

If you were sedated, we will make sure you are feeling awake and comfortable prior to sending you home with a loved one.

What you may notice after you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed

We explain what’s normal with a tooth extraction before and after your procedure so you know what to expect. 

In general, here are some common things you might experience:

Bleeding is normal, but should be mostly done by the time you go to sleep the first night

You should also avoid sucking through a straw or spitting, because the suction could pull out the blood clot or your stitches. 

After the first 48-72 hours, most people feel much better. As soon as the site begins to heal and the risk of bleeding has passed, you can begin to introduce more foods into your diet again, brush your teeth like you used to, and get back to life as usual.

If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, you’ll have to take it easy for a day or two, but it’s better than the alternative, which is pain and infection. Wondering where your wisdom teeth stand? Call our office in Kenosha, Wisconsin, at 262-207-4481 to find out if you can keep them or if it’s time to say goodbye.

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