Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the very back of your mouth. While not always requiring removal, these molars can lead to complications if they don't grow in correctly. Our office provides advanced solutions for wisdom teeth extraction when necessary.
Wisdom teeth, the last molars to emerge, typically appear between ages 17 to 25 and often create challenges for many individuals. We can visually examine your wisdom teeth (if they have already erupted) or use X-ray imaging to assess if your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Extracting wisdom teeth is considered a category of oral surgery and this procedure can be performed either by your dentist or an oral surgeon. Given that multiple wisdom teeth may need extraction simultaneously, the process often requires a general anesthetic to ensure your comfort and safety during the procedure.
Wisdom Teeth Removal at Warwick Dental
Dr. David Lawrence
Dr. David Lawerence, an Oklahoma native, has a goal to improve the lives of all the patients that walk through the doors. He understands the importance of quality dental care and the impact it can have on life. Dr. Lawrence continues to build upon his expertise in wisdom teeth removal through hundreds of hours of continual education course to provide the best for Warwick Dental patients.
At Warwick Dental, we are dedicated to providing cost-effective wisdom teeth removal, at $350 per tooth, for our patients in Oklahoma City, OK. However, it is essential to bear in mind that prices may slightly vary based on the unique requirements of each patient, as every case presents its individual considerations.
We know that costs can cause hesitation for those needing wisdom teeth removed, so that is why we are proud to offer a variety of financial options. A few of these options include our Warwick Dental Savings Plan and external dental payment plans. Click the buttons below to read more about each option.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Aftercare
After undergoing wisdom teeth removal, proper aftercare is crucial to ensure a smooth recovery and minimize any potential complications. Here are some essential guidelines and tips to follow during the post-operative period:
Post-Operative Care Instructions:
- Gauze Placement: Gently bite down on the provided gauze pads after the surgery to control bleeding and help form clots.
- Oral Hygiene: Maintain oral hygiene by carefully brushing your teeth, avoid the surgical sites for the first 24 hours. Following meals, rinse your mouth with a mild saline solution to keep the area clean.
- Swelling and Ice Packs: During the first 24 to 48 hours to reduce swelling and discomfort, apply ice packs to the affected areas for 20 minutes on, followed by 20 minutes off.
- Rest and Elevation: Get plenty of rest and keep your head elevated with pillows during sleep to reduce swelling.
Diet and Nutrition:
- Soft Foods: Stick to a diet of soft foods during the initial recovery days, including items like soups, yogurt, mashed potatoes, smoothies, and eggs.
- Avoid Hard Foods: Avoid any hard, crunchy, or spicy foods as this could irritate the surgical sites.
- Drinking: Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, but avoid using straws. Sucking a straw can dislodge blood clots and hinder the healing process.
- Medications: Take prescribed pain medications and antibiotics as directed by your dentist to manage pain and prevent infection.
By following these aftercare instructions, you can promote healing and ensure a successful recovery after wisdom teeth removal. Remember to attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with your dentist to monitor your progress and address any concerns that may arise.
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How do I know if my wisdom teeth need removed?
While every patient is different, there are some common signs that indicate the need to have your wisdom teeth removed. These signs include:
Impaction, i.e., if the tooth is stuck under the gums or is completely hidden. If wisdom teeth aren’t able to emerge normally, they can become trapped within your jaw which an result in infection or cause a cyst that can damage other teeth or roots.
Changing bite alignment—wisdom teeth can grow at various angles in the jaw, sometimes horizontally, this can cause a change in your bit alignment.
Crowding or damage to existing teeth caused by wisdom teeth not having enough room to come in properly.
Emerging only partially—if your wisdom teeth are only partially emerged through the gums it can cause a magnet for bacteria that can cause gum disease and oral infection.
Many dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth at an early age, before the roots and bone are fully formed and when recovery is faster.
What is an impacted wisdom tooth?
When a wisdom tooth doesn’t have enough room to come in normally, it is considered an impacted wisdom tooth. There are several degrees of impacted wisdom teeth depending on where the teeth lie within the jaw. Soft tissue impaction occurs when the crown of the tooth has penetrated through the bone, but the gum is still covering part of the tooth. When the tooth has partially erupted, but a part of the tooth remains submerged in the jawbone, this is considered partially bony impaction. Complete bony impaction occurs when the tooth is entirely encased by jawbone.
How do I relieve wisdom tooth pain?
As wisdom teeth grow up through your jawbone and begin to break through your gum line, they may become inflamed or bleed. This can cause headaches or tooth pain. Here are some remedies to relieve wisdom tooth pain:
1. Rinse with saltwater
2. Use peppermint essential oils or clover oil to soothe pain
3. Take aspirin or an over the counter pain reliever
4. Apply an ice pack or heating pad to your cheeks
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