What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the last permanent teeth to develop. They most often erupt (break through the gum) during a person's late teens or twenties. Wisdom teeth are known for the dental problems they can cause. Removing the wisdom teeth can help take care of symptoms you are experiencing now. It may also prevent future problems.
What does surgery involve?
Once you have picked an opportune time to have your wisdom teeth removed, arrange for a friend or loved one to drive you to our office. The surgery usually takes no longer than 40 minutes - 1 hour and is performed under local anesthetic with nitrous oxide or a mild oral sedative.
How should I care for my mouth after surgery?
Once your Oral Surgery is completed, follow these procedures to make yourself comfortable, promote healing, and prevent any complications:
- Do not remove the gauze from your mouth for at least 30 minutes.
- Once home, wash your hands and remove the gauze. Check for bleeding-a little bleeding or oozing is normal during the first 24 hours. This bleeding can be controlled by applying a roll of gauze to the wound and biting down firmly for about 30 minutes.
- Rinse gently after meals, rinsing vigorously may dislodge the blood clot and interrupt the healing process.
- Apply ice to your face to minimize swelling.
- To help heal after surgery, it is important to maintain good nutrition. You diet, at first, will be limited to liquids and softer foods (soups, milkshakes, applesauce)
- Take your medications as prescribed by Dr. Sorial.
- To assure proper healing, please schedule a routine follow-up visit with Dr. Sorial approximately two weeks after your initial surgery date.