Gentle Wisdom Tooth Removal
When wisdom teeth become impacted, they can cause severe pain and possibly infection. If you are experiencing painful symptoms near the back of your jaw, wisdom tooth removal may be necessary. Dr. Paul Archacki uses gentle, proven techniques to safely remove wisdom teeth at our Boynton Beach, FL, practice. We can also provide nitrous oxide sedation to help you feel more relaxed during the procedure for a pleasant dental experience.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to erupt, typically between the ages of 17 and 25. Sometimes, wisdom teeth may grow in alignment with your bite. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many patients. Often, third molars erupt sideways, placing pressure on adjacent teeth. They may also become impacted, either partially or fully in the jawbone. For this reason, wisdom tooth removal is often recommended to protect your overall oral health. Typically, wisdom tooth removal is provided to patients in their late teens or early twenties.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Treatment Process
Knowing what to expect during your treatment can help you enjoy a more comfortable, stress-free experience. Typically the wisdom tooth removal process entails:
- Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Archacki administers local anesthesia. This will numb the teeth and gums throughout treatment. Many of our patients also choose to receive nitrous oxide sedation, which induces a state of relaxation and helps alleviate anxiety.
- Once the anesthesia has taken effect, a small incision is created in the gum tissue around the affected wisdom tooth. This allows Dr. Archacki to access the tooth and the supporting jaw bone.
- Accessing the Tooth
- If the wisdom tooth has fully erupted, Dr. Archacki may be able to easily remove it in a single step. However, if the tooth is impacted, he will carefully remove small amounts of bone to access the tooth.
- Once the tooth is fully visible, Dr. Archacki will use gentle techniques to loosen the tooth and lift it from its socket. An impacted tooth will often need to be removed in several sections. At this time, any infection will also be cleaned out and the surfaces will be disinfected.
- Closing the Incisions
- Finally, the incision is closed with surgical sutures. These typically dissolve on their own in a few days’ time. However, non-absorbable stitches may be used in some instances. Dr. Archacki will let you know if you need to return to our office for suture removal.
Recovery after Wisdom Tooth Removal
Immediately following wisdom tooth removal, patients should go home and rest. Normal side effects include slight discomfort and swelling, both of which can be addressed with over-the-counter pain relievers and a cold compress. You may require prescription medications as well.
Dr. Archacki uses gentle, trusted techniques to safely remove wisdom teeth.
Patients should avoid strenuous activity for about one week. Overexertion can result in exacerbated bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. You should also follow a soft-food diet for the first few days. In most cases, initial recovery is complete in about one week, with complete recovery achieved within approximately two weeks.
Seek Timely Treatment
If you are experiencing concerning symptoms, or you or your child are approaching the typical age for wisdom tooth removal, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. Postponing wisdom tooth removal can be detrimental to your oral health. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Archacki by contacting us online or calling us at (561) 736-1177.
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