Wisdom teeth can cause immense discomfort, dental misalignment, and other oral health issues. With years of oral surgery experience, formal training, and the ability to administer several types of sedation, Dr. Brian J. Polidori can provide safe and effective wisdom tooth removal at our practice serving Lakewood, CO, and surrounding areas. Wisdom tooth removal can involve very little discomfort when it is performed by a highly experienced and surgically trained doctor.
Symptoms of an Impacted Wisdom Tooth
An impacted wisdom tooth may or may not by symptomatic. However, when problematic indicators arise, you may notice:
- Bleeding or swollen gums
- Bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- Stiffness of the jaw
- Jaw pain
- Swelling in the jaw
When Is Wisdom Tooth Removal Necessary?
Even if your wisdom teeth are not currently a source of pain or discomfort, they can still cause issues in the future. This is why it is important to see Dr. Polidori for regular checkups to ensure that your wisdom teeth are healthy. There are several possible consequences if wisdom teeth are not properly cared for, including:
- Crowding of the teeth: Impacted wisdom teeth can put pressure on other teeth, causing them to shift forward.
- Damage to adjacent teeth: The added pressure from your wisdom teeth can cause problems with your bite. When your teeth are not properly aligned, you may experience generalized mouth pain.
- Inflamed gum tissue: Impacted wisdom teeth can cause the tissue around your molars to become swollen and infected.
- Sinus issues: Upper wisdom teeth issues can cause sinus congestion and pressure.
- Cavities: When chronic swelling is present, it can create a pocket that harbors infection and bacteria, making your teeth more prone to decay.
- Damage to the jawbone: If an infection is severe enough, you could develop a cyst around a tooth. This could cause the jawbone to recede, causing damage to nerves and bone.
When impacted wisdom teeth put pressure on adjacent teeth, patients may experience significant discomfort.
What to Expect During Your Wisdom Tooth Removal
The procedure is performed in our dental office surgery suite in Lakewood, CO. Sedation options will have been determined at your initial consultation. Dr. Polidori can help you choose the right sedation option for your specific dental needs. Your wisdom tooth extraction will be performed in four steps:
- Anesthesia: In addition to your chosen sedation method, local anesthesia will also be administered to numb your tooth and surrounding tissues.
- Incisions: A small opening will be made in your gums to access the wisdom tooth. In the case of an impacted tooth, some of the bone may be removed.
- Extraction: The tooth will be methodically removed using an elevator and forceps. As the tooth is gently lifted from the socket, Dr. Polidori will ensure no tooth roots or residual fragments are left behind.
- Stitches: Depending on the depth of the space left behind, you may have stitches placed in the surgical area. Most stitches dissolve on their own in a matter of days.
Most patients find that they experience little to no discomfort following a wisdom tooth removal.
What to Expect during Recovery
Most patients find that they experience little to no discomfort following a wisdom tooth removal. Slight sensitivity and swelling is to be expected the first few days following your procedure. You can help ensure a speedy and smooth recovery by:
- Refraining from exercise and heavy lifting for 48 to 72 hours.
- Applying ice or cold compresses on the outer jawbone during the first 24 hours to minimize swelling and inflammation.
- Apply moist heat compresses, such as a damp washcloth, to the outer jaw for the next two to three days.
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen.
- Taking painkillers as prescribed by Dr. Polidori.
- Eating soft, nutritious foods during the healing process.
- Refraining from drinking through a straw.
- Refraining from smoking or using other tobacco products.
- Keeping your head slightly elevated.
- Using gauze as necessary.
Some bleeding is normal during the first couple of days. However, if the bleeding is soaking the gauze after 24 hours, contact our office.
Remove Problematic Wisdom Teeth
Dr. Brian J. Polidori is surgically trained and has removed many wisdom teeth. Trained and experienced in sedation dentistry, he can provide a relaxing and comfortable experience. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Polidori, call our office at (303) 935-3465, or visit us online.