Extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting in the mouth. They may remain impacted, completely or partially within bone, allowing bacteria to cause infection or cavities in the adjacent teeth. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may contribute to crowding and overlapping of teeth especially after a patient has had orthodontic treatment. Serious problems may arise if cysts and tumors grow around the impacted wisdom teeth expanding and destroying adjacent bone and structures. As a person grows older, the bones become more dense and make the removal of wisdom teeth more difficult. For these reasons, your dentist may have recommended their removal even if they’re not yet causing any problems.
In most cases, patients prefer removal of wisdom teeth under IV sedation/general anesthesia. All anesthesia options and instructions will be discussed at length with you. Dr. Kang provides anesthesia in the safest office environment, with Hospital-grade equipment, and experienced anesthesia techniques.
After the tooth extraction it is important bite on gauze for 30 to 45 minutes or until the bleeding stops. It may be necessary to switch out the gauze multiple times before the clot forms. Cold compresses applied to the outside of the cheek will help with post-operative swelling and discomfort for the first 24 hours. It is strongly discouraged to smoke, drink from or straw, or vigorously rinse for 72 hours from the extraction to prevent dislodgement of the blood clot.
Pain medications and antibiotics may be prescribed. Please take them as directed. Please return to normal oral hygiene within 24 hours after extractions and call the office with any questions or concerns.
You will be given complete post-operative instructions at the time of your appointment. Dr. Kang and his staff will review all the information and answer any questions you may have.