Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Omaha
Today’s Dental in Omaha makes wisdom tooth extraction easy, so you can feel more comfortable. Whether you are experiencing symptoms with your wisdom teeth or not, schedule an appointment to get an assessment.
Wisdom teeth are the four permanent molars located at the back of your mouth, both on the top and bottom. They are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth, usually occurring between the ages of 17 and 25. It is possible to not have any wisdom teeth develop, and it is possible that your wisdom teeth will erupt normally without any problems. However, many people do not have room for wisdom teeth in their mouth, so they experience problems.
When there isn’t enough room in your mouth for wisdom teeth to erupt, they become impacted. An impacted tooth could grow crooked, so part of it erupts and the other part doesn’t. Your wisdom teeth could grow at different angles, or they could stay in the jawbone and never erupt at all. If you have impacted wisdom teeth, we usually recommend that they be extracted from your mouth.
How do you know if you have an impacted wisdom tooth? Here are some symptoms to look out for:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment at Today’s Dental in Omaha. We will provide an accurate assessment of your problem.
If they are not extracted, impacted wisdom teeth can create serious problems, including damage to nearby teeth. If your tooth is partially-erupted, it is at a greater risk of developing a cavity. Food can easily become trapped behind the tooth, and you may not be able to reach that area with your toothbrush. You are also at a greater risk for infection and gum disease. Your impacted wisdom tooth could become surrounded by a cyst. All of these things are likely to cause pain.
Our dentists in Omaha have experience dealing with impacted wisdom teeth. To help with our assessment of your problem, we will take a 3D digital scan of your mouth. These allow us to see where your wisdom teeth are and how they are situated in your mouth. The scans will help us determine if you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted.
When you come in for your extraction appointment, you can expect to have some sort of anesthesia applied, so you don’t feel pain during the procedure. In some cases, we only need to apply local anesthesia. For more severe cases, we may recommend general anesthesia. We offer sedation anesthesia, which helps calm you and allows you to not remember much about the procedure.
During the extraction process, the dentist will make an incision in your gums to expose the wisdom tooth. If there is any bone in the way, we will remove that part of the bone. Sometimes, it is easier for us to remove the wisdom tooth in pieces, so we may carefully divide it and remove the pieces. Once the entire tooth has been extracted, we will thoroughly clean out the extraction area and stitch up the incision. Gauze will be placed over the surgical site to control bleeding.
We will give you detailed instructions for how to take care of your mouth after the surgery. You should have someone available to drive you home after the surgery. In general, we recommend rest for the remainder of the day. It is natural for you to experience pain when the anesthesia wears off. It is also natural to experience swelling. We will tell you what types of pain medication you can take, and how you can ease the swelling with cold compresses. The next day, we will follow-up with our Care Call to see how you are doing and if you have any questions.
If there are no stitches to remove and the extraction went well, you may not even need a check-up appointment. However, if there are any complications, or you are concerned about anything after the surgery, please contact us so we can check it out.
You’ll be given medicine or a numbing agent to eliminate pain and discomfort during the removal procedure. However, you may feel some pressure. After the procedure, you may experience pain for a few days, but your dentist will provide instructions on pain management, including cold compresses and over-the-counter or prescription pain medication.
After wisdom teeth removal, expect the following recovery timeline:
Day of surgery: Expect some bleeding, swelling, and discomfort.
First 48-72 hours: Peak swelling and possible difficulty opening mouth.
3-7 days: Bruising begins to heal and swelling decreases.
7-10 days: Initial wound healing is complete; return to normal activities with care.
2 weeks: Bruising or swelling should be resolved.
Up to 6 months: Full healing of bone and soft tissue.
Follow your dentist’s advice and contact them immediately if you have severe or worsening symptoms.
Wisdom teeth usually begin to appear between the ages of 17 and 25. However, some people never have wisdom teeth come in, or may not have all four.
Wisdom teeth are called “impacted” when there is not enough space for them to erupt through the gum. They can become crooked and cause issues and pain. Impacted wisdom teeth often require removal.
The four permanent molars (top and bottom) located at the back of your mouth are referred to as wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth may need to be removed if there is not enough space for them to erupt properly, causing them to become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to various problems, such as crowding of other teeth, misalignment, and potential infections.
You will receive anesthesia during the procedure to prevent pain. The type of anesthesia used will depend on your specific situation. It can range from local anesthesia, numbing only the area around the tooth, to general anesthesia, where you are asleep. Your dentist will determine the appropriate option for you.
Yes, there will be restrictions on the types of foods you can eat after the extraction. Using a straw to drink should be avoided for at least a week to prevent a condition called “dry socket,” which occurs when the blood clot in the tooth socket is dislodged, exposing the wound and causing pain. Your dentist will provide you with specific instructions on post-extraction care, including dietary restrictions.
The need for stitches after wisdom tooth extraction varies for each individual. Some people may require stitches to close the extraction sites, while others may not. This will be determined by your dentist based on your specific case.
The dentists at Today’s Dental are experts when it comes to wisdom teeth. We have a lot of experience with extractions, and we can guide you through the process so you know exactly what to expect. Our compassionate staff will help you feel more comfortable before the procedure, during the extraction process, and afterward. Everything will be clearly explained to you, including the costs. We also offer several financing options to help you pay for your dental care.
“I called and got an appointment the same day because I was having unbearable pain in a wisdom tooth. I went in and they gave me a tour of the location, got me checked out within 20 minutes, and it was even affordable! I picked up my prescription and took it when I got home and within 30 minutes the pain was almost completely gone. Wonderful experience even though it wasn’t a wonderful situation. Thanks Today’s Dental!”
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