Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure in modern dentistry. Dentists often recommend removing wisdom teeth before they become problematic. Although some patients’ teeth do erupt properly, quite frequently these final molars erupt partially and become trapped in the jaw, they erupt at an abnormal angle or they crowd the other teeth. This can lead to other dental problems. Removing them early can help reduce or eliminate these risks. Our Los Angeles wisdom teeth removal expert can help you decide if your wisdom teeth should be extracted.
A wisdom tooth extraction is generally performed in our office. Our expert in wisdom teeth removal in Los Angeles will use a local anesthetic to numb the extraction site, and you may also be provided with sedation if you are feeling anxious or are having multiple teeth removed. Once the site is fully numb, the tooth will be removed. A simple extraction is used if the tooth is visible above the gum line. If the tooth has not yet erupted, you may need a surgical extraction, in which an incision is made in the gum tissue to access the tooth. If necessary, the gum tissue is stitched over the extraction site, and a gauze pad is placed over the socket to control bleeding.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Los Angeles
Our Los Angeles wisdom teeth removal expert will provide you with aftercare instructions. You will be able to recuperate at home, but you may need a few days to fully recover. Take any prescribed medications exactly as recommended, and change the gauze pads when they become soaked with blood. The bleeding should stop within 24 hours. You can use a cold pack against your cheek to ease discomfort. Try to relax, but do not lie flat, which can prolong bleeding.
While you are healing, eat soft foods, such as soup, pudding or gelatin. Add solid foods gradually as you heal. Do not use a straw, drink carbonated beverages or smoke during your recovery since these can all increase your risk of a painful complication called dry socket. Brush gently around the extraction site to keep your teeth clean and reduce the risk of infection. Our expert in wisdom teeth removal in Los Angeles will let you know if you need to return to have stitches removed or for a follow-up appointment.
Call us today to learn more about wisdom teeth extractions or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental extraction in Los Angeles.