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21 Wisdom Tooth Extraction FAQ: Procedures, Recovery Tips & Cost

3D image of a wisdom tooth

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the rearmost teeth in your mouth, often associated with the onset of adulthood and, unfortunately for many, the possibility of common dental issues. Extracting these enigmatic molars can be scary, and filled with uncertainty and questions.

This comprehensive FAQ covers everything you need to know about impacted wisdom tooth removal—the procedures, the recovery process, and the costs involved—and is designed to prepare you for a smoother, anxiety-free experience.

Understanding Wisdom Tooth, Procedures and Recovery Tips

Tooth extracted

How to know if wisdom tooth is growing?

The emergence of your wisdom teeth is typically between 17 and 25 years old and can be indicated by various symptoms. These include discomfort, swelling, gum redness, difficulty chewing, and changes in your bite. You may experience pain or all of these signs, and they often indicate that it’s time to see your dentist to prevent further problems.

How long does wisdom tooth growing pain last?

The duration of wisdom tooth growth pain can vary from person to person and depends on several factors, including the individual’s pain tolerance, the angle of tooth eruption, surrounding teeth, and overall dental health.

Pain from erupting wisdom teeth can last for days to weeks, with a high degree of individual variability. This pain often results from the teeth pushing through your gum line and the soft tissue at the back of your mouth.

What is the Wisdom Tooth Extraction Process at Casa Dental?

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At Casa Dental, simple wisdom tooth extractions start with a consultation to discuss your needs and concerns. We then perform the extraction in our state-of-the-art surgical suite. Our team ensures your safety and comfort before and during the procedure, as well as the highest standard of aftercare.

What are the different types of anesthesia used during wisdom tooth extraction?

When extracting wisdom teeth, dentists may employ various types of anaesthesia to ensure a comfortable and pain-free patient experience. Local anaesthesia involves injecting a numbing agent around the targeted tooth, making it suitable for less complex cases. Furthermore, if the patient is feeling anxious about the procedure, nitrous oxide or the “happy gas” can be used to help ease their anxiety.

On the other hand, general anaesthesia induces unconsciousness and is often preferred for more intricate extractions or when multiple wisdom teeth need removal simultaneously, typically administered in a hospital or surgical centre.

How painful is wisdom tooth extraction?

In a common dental procedure, anaesthesia will be administered before the extraction, meaning you should not feel any pain during the procedure. After the extraction, you may experience discomfort, but this is manageable with prescribed pain medication.

How long is wisdom tooth surgery?

The duration of wisdom tooth extractions can vary greatly based on several factors. The extraction’s complexity, the tooth’s position, and your personal response to the anaesthesia are among the key influencers.

On average, a single wisdom tooth removal may take about 20 minutes to an hour. However, more complex cases involving four teeth or multiple impacted wisdom teeth may extend the duration of the procedure.

Will I have stitches after the extraction, and how long will they stay in?

Following wisdom tooth removal, stitches are common for closing the wound and promoting faster healing. Typically, if stitches are used, they may be dissolvable, meaning they will fall out on their own or need to be removed after a week or so.

How long does wisdom tooth extraction take to heal and how can I manage it?

The recovery time can vary, but generally, it takes about seven to ten days for the initial recovery. Managing the healing process involves following post-operative care instructions, which may include changes to your diet, healing aids, and good oral hygiene practices to fully recover.

How to reduce swelling after wisdom tooth surgery?

Post-operative swelling is normal and often peaks about 48 hours after your extraction. You can minimise swelling by applying an ice pack for 24 hours after surgery and, if prescribed, taking pain relievers.

When to stop using gauze after wisdom tooth extraction?

Gauze is used after wisdom tooth extraction to control bleeding and form a protective blood clot at the extraction site. Signs to stop using gauze include minimal or no bleeding and clear saliva. It’s crucial to avoid spitting or rinsing vigorously for the first 24 hours to protect the blood clot, as disrupting it may lead to renewed bleeding and complications like dry sockets.

If the bleeding persists, contact your dentist. For most cases, a few hours with gauze is sufficient.

What can I eat after wisdom tooth surgery?

Fruit yoghurt

After wisdom tooth surgery, specific dietary guidelines are given to promote healing and prevent complications. Dentists typically recommend a soft and easy-to-chew diet during the initial days of recovery. Here are some dentist-recommended dietary suggestions:

Foods to Eat:

  1. Soft Fruits: Applesauce, mashed bananas, and well-cooked, peeled fruits.
  2. Blended Soups: Cream-based soups or broths that are not too hot.
  3. Yoghurt and Pudding: Soft and smooth varieties without seeds or crunchy add-ins.
  4. Mashed Potatoes: Plain mashed potatoes without added spices or toppings.
  5. Smoothies: Blended fruit or vegetable smoothies without seeds or fibrous components.
  6. Scrambled Eggs: Soft-cooked scrambled eggs are easy to chew and swallow.
  7. Oatmeal or Porridge: Prepared to have a smooth consistency.
  8. Pasta or Noodles: cooked until soft and served with a gentle sauce.

Foods to Avoid:

  1. Hard or Crunchy Foods: Chips, nuts, and candies can irritate the surgical site.
  2. Acidic or Spicy Foods: These may cause discomfort or irritation.
  3. Seeds and Nuts: Small particles can get lodged in the extraction site.
  4. Chewy or Sticky Foods: Gum, caramel, and other sticky items can disrupt healing.
  5. Hot or Spicy Beverages: These may cause discomfort to the surgical area.
  6. Straws: Sucking can dislodge the blood clot and cause dry sockets.
  7. Alcoholic Beverages: Avoid alcohol during the initial phase of recovery.
  8. Tobacco Products: Smoking and using tobacco can hinder the healing process.

It’s crucial to maintain good oral hygiene by avoiding vigorous rinsing and sticking to a soft-food diet until the dentist provides further guidance. Following these dietary recommendations helps ensure a smooth recovery and minimises the risk of complications after wisdom tooth surgery. The dentist will provide personalised guidance if there are any specific dietary restrictions or considerations based on the individual’s case.

When can I brush after wisdom tooth extraction?

Brush gently around the extraction site the night of the surgery and the next day, but do not brush the wound. After the first 24 hours, you can gently start to rinse your mouth with warm water added with salt to help keep the site clean and resume brushing gradually as tolerated.

How long does bleeding last after wisdom tooth extraction?

Bleeding immediately after extraction is normal, but it should taper off significantly within the first 24 hours. If bleeding is still heavy after this time, it could be a sign of a complication known as a dry socket.

When should I follow up with my dentist after wisdom tooth extraction?

Regular dental check ups are scheduled to monitor your healing progress and prevent infections. Contact your dentist immediately if you experience any concerning symptoms, such as persistent pain or infection signs.

When can I return to my regular activities after the extraction?

Most people can return to school or work the day after an extraction, but you should avoid heavy activities for a few days after the surgery. Exercise can increase bleeding and delay the healing process.

Cost and Insurance

How much does wisdom tooth extraction cost?

The total cost of wisdom teeth extractions can vary due to the number of teeth involved, the types of anaesthesia used, and the complexity of the extraction. At Casa Dental, we offer transparent pricing, so there are no surprises.

Visit our website to view our complete cost details for wisdom tooth extractions.

Can I use Medisave for wisdom teeth surgery?

At Casa Dental, we understand that the cost of dental procedures is a concern. Medisave can cover wisdom tooth removal treatment partially or fully. Patients can use their Medisave to fund up to $650-1250 each time, given that the withdrawal is within the patient’s current year’s annual withdrawal limit.

Alternatives and Considerations

Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Not all people need to have their wisdom teeth removed. Your dentist will assess the positioning of your wisdom teeth and advise you based on your individual circumstances. In many cases, if your wisdom teeth are not causing problems, your dentist may recommend monitoring them for any developments.

How to prepare for a wisdom tooth extraction?

Prepare for wisdom tooth extraction by scheduling a pre-operative consultation with your dentist. During this meeting, discuss the procedure, potential risks, and benefits. Provide a comprehensive medical history, including allergies and medications. Follow fasting instructions before surgery and arrange for transportation due to potential anaesthesia effects. Dress comfortably and stock up on soft foods for post-operative recovery.

Consider additional tips like thorough teeth brushing, avoiding smoking and alcohol, and planning for childcare or work leave if necessary. Following these steps ensures a smoother and more comfortable extraction experience.

What are dry socket, and what should I do if I think I have one?

3D image of a dry socket

A dry socket is a state where the blood clot that forms after an extraction doesn’t stay in place. If you suspect you have a dry socket, you should contact your dentist immediately for treatment. Symptoms include throbbing pain in the jaw, an unpleasant taste, and visible bone in the socket.

I’m feeling anxious about the extraction. What can I do to cope?

Facing anxiety before a wisdom tooth extraction is common. Start by openly communicating your concerns with your dentist, allowing them to provide information and reassurance about the procedure. Educate yourself on the extraction process, consider bringing a support person for emotional comfort, and utilise distraction techniques like calming music. Additionally, inquire about sedation options and visualise a positive outcome to ease anxiety. Remember, your dentist is there to support you, so discuss any specific concerns to tailor the experience to your comfort level.

Why Choose Casa Dental for Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

At Casa Dental, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional care and expertise. Our team is highly qualified in the field of oral surgery. Our modern facility and patient-focused approach ensure a positive experience for every patient.

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