How to Deal with a Impacted Tooth

Wisdom teeth are your last set of teeth to emerge and typically come in between the ages of 17 and 25, although they may never come in for some people. There are some who won’t experience any issues with their wisdom teeth and don’t need them removed. However, there are a few people that have to deal with impacted wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth that are impacted means that the tooth doesn’t have enough room to properly grow in.

Those who have impacted wisdom teeth may experience tooth decay, pain, oral cysts, and in extreme cases, damage can occur to your jawbone. If you are experiencing these symptoms from your wisdom teeth, your dentist may recommend the removal of these teeth.

What is it
Wisdom teeth extractions are very common and are usually an outpatient procedure, allowing you to go home the same day. The procedure for extraction is only a few steps and begins with Dr. Humphrey making an incision within your gum tissue. This will expose your bone, which will be removed so the wisdom teeth can be extracted. In some cases, the teeth may be divided into sections, so they are easier to remove. Once the teeth are removed, the incision site will be cleaned and closed with stitches.

What to Expect
Dr. Humphrey may offer various options to help with the pain and discomfort during the procedure. Local anesthesia will allow you to stay awake during the entire procedures. You may experience some pressure, but very minimal or no pain. Another option is sedation which also allows you to stay awake during the procedure but with less consciousness. General anesthesia is also an option for wisdom tooth extraction. If you choose this method, you will not be awake at all and will not remember the procedure at all. Dr. Ben Humphrey will help you choose the best option for your condition.

After the procedure
After your procedure, you might experience some light or spotty bleeding, this will usually subside in a few hours. You should use gauze to control the bleeding. Pain can be managed with over the counter medication or prescribed medication by your doctor. It is vital that you follow all the post-op procedures given by your doctor to ensure a quick and healthy recovery.

Contact us
Contact our offices located in Norman, Oklahoma to schedule an appointment with Dr. Humphrey and his team to learn more about tooth extraction options.

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