Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Lake Orion, MI

If your dentist recommends that you have your wisdom teeth removed, you’re not alone. Wisdom teeth extraction is a common oral surgery often performed as a preventative dental procedure. Of course, before you schedule your surgery, it’s important to understand what exactly having your wisdom teeth removed entails. The trusted team at Seven Oaks Oral and Maxillofacial is here to help you every step of the way. Here’s what you need to know about wisdom teeth removal before scheduling your consultation with Dr. John.

What is Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars in the back of your mouth. While they once served a purpose in the mouths of our ancestors, helping them to chew their rough diets properly, the mouths of modern humans are no longer large enough to accommodate these spare teeth comfortably. This means that when they emerge (usually in your teens or early twenties), they can cause serious oral health concerns, including pushing other teeth out of their proper position or significant pain. For this reason, it’s common for dentists to recommend patients have these teeth removed to prevent or alleviate dental problems.

Preparation for Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Before your wisdom teeth surgery, you should know what to expect and how to prepare. Here’s what will take place before you have your wisdom teeth extracted at Seven Oaks Oral and Maxillofacial:

  • First, you will have your consultation with Dr. John to ensure you’re a good candidate for the procedure.
  • Next, Dr. John will review your medical and dental history.
  • She will also go over any pre-operative instructions that you should be aware of, such as fasting for 12 hours before the procedure.
  • Additionally, Dr. John will let you know what type of anesthesia she recommends for your procedure. Most patients benefit from general anesthesia to stay comfortable and pain-free.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure

Having your wisdom teeth removed can sound like a scary process, but it’s a routine oral surgery that is typically fast and safe. Here’s what you can expect during your wisdom teeth extraction procedure:

  • The doctor will give you anesthesia to ensure you’re relaxed and comfortable during the procedure.
  • Then, Dr. John will make an incision on your gum tissue and carefully remove the wisdom teeth and any surrounding debris, such as bone.
  • After the wisdom teeth have been removed, she may close the extraction site with stitches.
  • When the surgery is over, and the anesthesia has worn off, Dr. John will review your post-operative instructions to help your incisions heal as smoothly as possible.

Recovery from Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Recovering from wisdom teeth surgery can be uncomfortable. Following your surgeon’s instructions is the best way to manage pain, prevent complications, and ensure your incisions heal quickly. Keep these tips in mind when recovering from your wisdom teeth extraction:

  • Use cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication to manage swelling and pain.
  • Stick with soft foods until your incisions begin to heal. Also, avoid foods that are very hot or cold.
  • Keep your incisions clean and free of debris. When brushing and flossing, be careful around your incision sites.
  • Be sure to visit your follow-up appointments to ensure your mouth is healing well.

Schedule Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction Consultation at Seven Oaks Oral and Maxillofacial

Suppose you’re experiencing oral health problems from wisdom teeth that are beginning to emerge, or you’d like to prevent issues from happening. In that case, Dr. John and the trusted team at Seven Oaks Oral and Maxillofacial can help. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more about how wisdom teeth removal could benefit you. We look forward to exceeding your expectations with comfortable, quality care!