If the affected wisdom tooth is clearly visible in the mouth and has not broken off, a simple extraction should be sufficient to remove it in most cases. This procedure only requires a local anesthetic, and one of our doctors will simply grip the tooth and loosen it with forceps before pulling it free. A dental elevator that is inserted between the teeth and gums may also be needed in order to assist the loosening of the tooth.
Patients who undergo a simple extraction should avoid eating solid foods or any kind of chewing on the affected side of the mouth for several hours after their procedure. Rinse the mouth with saltwater and use warm compresses on the jaw. Also, be sure to take any prescribed pain medication. A little bleeding is normal and should not be cause for concern.
If, the tooth, is not visible, has suffered severe breakage, or has simply not emerged yet, we will need to perform a surgical extraction. This will involve one of our doctors cutting and pulling back the gums in order to access the tooth, as well as possibly cutting it into multiple pieces. We will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your mouth after your extraction is completed. This will involve changing gauze pads often, keeping the mouth clean by rinsing with saltwater, and making sure to relax and keep your head elevated so as to reduce bleeding.