FAQs: Wisdom Teeth Removal - Athens Oral Surgery Center

December 15, 2019
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We understand that getting your wisdom teeth removed may feel like an overwhelming procedure! Fortunately, Dr. Tomlinson has done this procedure hundreds of times and he can complete it in a timely manner. Discover the answers to several FAQs about wisdom teeth removal.

What happens during the wisdom teeth removal procedure?

How Dr. Tomlinson will approach your wisdom teeth removal procedure depends on the placement of your wisdom teeth (completely erupted, partially erupted, or hidden under the gums). Anesthesia will be given to ensure the patient feels no pain. Dr. Tomlinson will create a small incision in your gums to access the tooth, remove the tooth either fully or in segments, suture the incision if necessary, and apply gauze.

How will my body heal itself?

Your body will form a blood clot in the area where the wisdom tooth was extracted. This is your body’s way of protecting itself from bacteria and infection. It’s imperative that you do everything you can to allow this blood clot to stay in place. Follow these instructions to improve your post-surgery recovery time.

How can I prevent dry socket from occurring?

Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that your body forms at the wisdom tooth site is dislodged or fails to form altogether. The blood clot is important because it protects the bone and nerves from exposure. You can prevent this condition from occurring by foregoing using a straw or tobacco products for at least 5 days, avoid spitting for the first week, and keeping gauze on the site per your oral surgeon’s instructions.

Should I have my wisdom teeth removed even if they aren’t hurting?

We don’t want you to wait until your wisdom teeth are causing you pain to get the help you need. It’s better to be proactive than reactive! Often, a younger person’s mouth will heal quicker than an older person’s mouth. If you have any questions about this procedure, don’t hesitate to contact us.