Most will, at some point in their lifetime, require wisdom teeth extraction. The extraction can be performed by either an oral surgeon or a dentist, and the procedure can be carried out in either the dentist’s chair or in a surgeon’s room. Some doctors may recommend the extraction being performed in a hospital, especially if you are having more than one tooth removed or if you have a history of complications.
Wisdom teeth are usually the last teeth to emerge from the gums and do so typically when the person is between 17 and 24 years of age. These are the largest of the molars and appear at the very back of the mouth. Typically one should develop four wisdom teeth, but it is becoming more common that a person should develop just two or even none at all. Some people will not experience any problems with their wisdom teeth and will therefore not require extraction. However, people with small jaws usually do not have enough space for these large teeth to grow, which can result in the wisdom teeth causing swelling, pain and even infection. While a course of antibiotics may cure the infection, it is likely to return rendering extraction necessary. However, surgery cannot take place while there is an infection, which can delay the procedure.
The cosmetic procedure usually performed under a local anaesthetic, which will completely numb the gum and you will stay awake during the extraction. Sometimes a general anaesthetic will be used (especially if more than one tooth is to be removed), in which case you will be fully unconscious during the procedure. If this is the case it is recommended that you do not eat or drink anything after 12:00 am prior to the surgery.
During the procedure a certain amount of tissue will be cut, in order to remove any bone that may be blocking the tooth. The surgeon may also cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make extraction easier. The area where the tooth was removed will then be stitched closed, usually with a material that will dissolve. There will be a certain amount of bleeding from the gum, but this will stop after a few hours. You may experience some bleeding when you wake the morning following the cosmetic surgery. Painkillers will probably be prescribed should you require these.
Dental extraction is never a pleasant procedure, but it is far better to remove the offending wisdom teeth before they create further problems. Should you require financial assistance for your cosmetic dental surgery apply for a loan today and we’ll set up an appointment regarding your upcoming procedure.