Extraction probably is the least favorite procedure among patients. In the case of wisdom teeth, it is often necessary to avoid an array of dental problems.
Why do we have wisdom teeth?
They are an inheritance from our biological past of hunter-gatherer. As our diet comprised raw meats, hard nuts, tree bark and lots of other raw food, we needed one more pair of molars to help chomp down the “paleo” foods. With the advancements in cooked and processed foods, our species needed less and less the extra pair of teeth. As our brains got bigger and due to the change in our diet our jaws became smaller and the wisdom teeth had less or no space to grow.
Why do I have problems with the wisdom teeth and why do I need to extract it?
From the biological point of view, wisdom teeth are quite useless to the modern homo sapiens. Our bodies had adapted to live without them and our jaw shrunk due to the increase of the brain size.
In many cases, wisdom teeth have less or no space to grow and they create all kinds of problems: inflammation if they are growing inside the bone and don’t have space to erupt, misalignment of other teeth, pain and infection.
Why do I need a consultation first before wisdom teeth removal?
Wisdom teeth can create all kinds of problems, therefore, is very important to establish what is the exact problem in each case.
Some of them will represent an easy case, simple extraction. Others might be buried deep down in the bone, close to the nerve or sinus. Your oral surgeon at Versailles Dental Clinic will perform a thorough consultation. Expect to have diagnostical investigations such as Panoramic X-Ray and 3 D scan, the procedures will show exactly the position of the tooth and its roots.
How exactly is the procedure of wisdom tooth extraction? Will I experience pain?
During your first consultation, one of our dental surgeons, Dr. Caron or Dr. Mosca will assess your case, take X-Rays and 3 D scan if necessary and explain you exactly what type of extraction is necessary, duration and post-operative instructions. Any of your considerations or preferences will be taken into the account, during this visit is the right time to ask all the questions that you might have.
As a rule, the removal procedure is straightforward. If your case is more complicated your practitioner will go into details about the procedure.
If you agree with the treatment plan the surgeon will go ahead with the extraction during the same appointment.
Removal of the tooth/teeth will be carried out under local anesthesia, we use a stronger anesthetic than we do for treatments such as dental fillings. You will not experience any pain during the extraction.
If you suffer from dental phobia, extreme fear of dental treatments, we can arrange the procedure to be done under general anesthesia.
What happens after my wisdom tooth was removed?
24 hours after the procedure you might experience a small amount of bleeding, discomfort and bruising. In most cases, you will recover within 48 hours after the surgery.
After the procedure plan to rest for the remaining of the day or reduce as much as possible your physical activity.
As with any other dental surgery, we are concerned about a possible post-operative infection. To avoid potential problems, it is very important to keep a good oral hygiene post extraction. Brush your teeth as usual and gently brush the site of the extraction with a special surgical brush. Don’t use your normal brush to clean the site of the surgery.
Rinse your mouth thoroughly after you consume any drinks except water. You can also rinse few times a day with warm water with salt.
Follow the post-operative instructions provided by the clinic.
Refrain from smoking 1 week after the procedure.
At Versailles Dental Clinic your dentist will arrange a follow-up appointment 5-7 day after the extraction to check the healing.