Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal can be completed under IV Sedation at Indy Dental Health, making sure you are as comfortable as possible. Dr. Fraiz gives patients his direct cell phone in case of any surgical complications.
Wisdom teeth include the third and final set of molars that erupt in the back corners of the upper and lower normal adult mouth. Unfortunately, most people experience problems from wisdom teeth; in most cases, this is because the teeth erupt too close to existing permanent teeth, causing crowding, improper bites, and other problems.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Symptoms
Wisdom teeth symptoms are easy to spot: pain, inflammation, and some kinds of infections. If wisdom teeth are causing a problem and are not pulled, they can sometimes become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely painful, as well as harmful to your oral health. If you have any of these symptoms, you may need to get your wisdom teeth extracted.
Many people need to have their wisdom teeth pulled to avoid future serious problems. In general, the lack of the four wisdom teeth does not hamper one’s ability to properly bite down, speak or eat. Our team at Indy Dental Health will help you assess your options for this surgery if it is necessary.
Single Tooth Extractions
Sometimes teeth may need to be extracted due to other causes. Whether the tooth is impacted, infected or decayed, fractured, or you need to have a tooth removed in preparation for orthodontic treatment, we will ensure you are as comfortable as possible.
Single tooth extractions typically takes an hour or less. Dr. Fraiz will numb the area with local anesthesia alone or in conjunction with nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or IV sedation.
Extraction Post-Op and Home Care
•A lighter, softer diet with plenty of fluids is recommended for the first day. Avoid hot foods or spicy foods as they will increase swelling to the treated area(s)
•Avoid drinking with a straw or smoking for 3 days, as this can promote bleeding or dislodge the blood clot
•Chewing should be done away from the extraction site
•It is normal to experience pain, throbbing, or discomfort. Typically the first 3 days is when the most soreness occurs.
•Swelling on the gum and cheek is normal. A cold pack can be gently placed on the outside of the cheek for up to 20 minutes every 2-4 hours. This is the most effective the first 24-48 hours following the extraction
•It is normal to experience slight bleeding for the first 1-3 days
•A moist gauze pack is placed over the extraction site to prevent excessive bleeding and to help promote a blood clot
•Some medications can increase the amount of bleeding such as Aspirin, Plavix, and Coumadin. If excessive bleeding occurs, call the office number (317) 872-3465. An after Hours Emergency number will be given on the recording.
•If sutures (stitches) were placed, they are absorbable and will come out within one week. They may untie and become loose. Do NOT attempt to pull or remove the sutures.
•During the healing you may notice small bony fragments (similar to a splinter) working their way out of the gum. They can easily be removed by your dentist if they are too bothersome.
•You may rinse your mouth gently with a glass of lukewarm water mixed with ½ teaspoon of salt. You can do this 2-3 times a day, especially after meals. Using Listerine or other over-the-counter mouth rinses are not advisable during the healing process.
•Continue brushing and flossing all other teeth as normal, avoiding the extraction site.
•A prescription strength pain reliever may be prescribed following the extraction in conjunction with Ibuprofen 800mg. Please take prescriptions as directed.
•It is not advised to return to work or exercise the same day of an extraction due to possible discomfort and bleeding. You will likely be able to return to work the following day.
•If you elect to be sedated for the procedure, you are NOT to return to work the same day, but may return the following day