Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common oral or maxillofacial surgery in dentistry. Over 10 million people have their wisdom teeth extracted each year. Our dentists, Dr. Hansrolf H. Gruener, DDS, and Dr. Tristan J. Stone, DDS, at Sedro-Woolley Family Dental Center in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, offer the procedure to relieve pain and improve your oral health.

Why Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Necessary?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that emerge on both the corners of your mouth – two each on the left and right. Typically, they appear when you are between 15-25 years of age.

According to the American Dental Association, wisdom teeth removal is necessary when you experience the following changes around the jaws.

  • Pain
  • Gum disease
  • Extensive tooth decay
  • Damage to surrounding teeth
  • Soft-tissue infections on the lower last tooth
  • Cysts

What Does a Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Entail

Your wisdom teeth removal procedure begins when you book a consultation with Sedro-Woolley Family Dental Center. At the appointment, our dentists study your medical history, any medications you may be taking and answer any queries about the surgery.

Next, our dentists give you a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Next, our dentists will cut open the gum tissue around the wisdom teeth, remove the connective tissue around the teeth and the bone, extract the teeth, and sew the soft tissue back again.

What Happens After the Surgery?

The effects of the local anesthetic may take several hours to wear off completely. So, you may need to arrange for friends and family to pick you up from our office. In some cases, patients may feel completely alert after the surgery and may drive themselves home.

You may feel pain or discomfort for the next three days, but the effects soon wear off as long as you follow our guidelines.

Dos and Dont’s After Wisdom Teeth Removal

  • Apply an ice pack to prevent swelling
  • Be gentle when you open and close your jaw
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Consume soft food like rice, pasta, and soup.
  • Brush your teeth a day after the procedure. Avoid the surgical spot.
  • Take the prescribed medicine if you feel pain.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth harshly.
  • Don’t eat hard, crunchy food.
  • Don’t smoke or drink alcohol till you heal.
  • Contact our dentists if you face any issues.

Schedule a consultation with our dentists at Sedro-Woolley Family Dental Center to learn more about wisdom teeth removal. Give us a call at (360) 855-0351, book an online appointment, or visit our office at 830 Metcalf St, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 for help.