A simple wisdom tooth extraction usually takes one hour or less to complete. However, the exact duration can vary based on several factors, including the complexity of the extraction, the number of wisdom teeth that require removal, the position and development of the teeth, the patient’s anatomy, and the dentist or oral surgeon’s experience and technique.
If the wisdom tooth is impacted (not fully erupted through the gums), or if it is positioned in a way that makes their removal more challenging, the procedure could take longer. Impacted wisdom teeth might require more time due to the need to remove bone or tissue to access the tooth carefully.
Furthermore, the procedure time will be longer if multiple wisdom teeth are extracted in one session.
The wisdom tooth removal process can vary based on factors like the position of the teeth, their development, and the complexity of the extraction. However, here is a general overview of what you can expect when you need a wisdom tooth removal –
1. Consultation and Examination
Before the extraction, you will consult your dentist. They will examine your mouth, possibly take X-rays to evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth and discuss the procedure and any potential risks or complications.
On the day of the procedure, the dentist will give you anesthesia to numb the area around the wisdom tooth. This can involve local anesthesia (numbing only the extraction site), sedation (which can range from mild to deep sedation), or general anesthesia (where you are entirely unconscious).
3. Incision and Removal
If the wisdom tooth has fully erupted through the gum, the dentist will make a small incision to access it. If the tooth is impacted, the dentist or oral surgeon may need to remove some bone or gum tissue to access the tooth. They will carefully extract the tooth using specialized instruments.
In some cases, it might need stitching to close the incision. These stitches can be either absorbable (dissolving on their own over time) or non-absorbable (requiring removal by the dentist at a later appointment).
5. Gauze Placement
After the tooth removal and any stitches are placed, gauze will likely be positioned over the extraction site to help control bleeding and promote clot formation.
6. Recovery and Follow-Up
You must take it easy for a few days following the procedure. Follow the provided instructions carefully to ensure proper healing. Your dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your recovery progress and remove any non-absorbable stitches (if used).
Following your dentist’s or oral surgeon’s instructions and attending follow-up appointments can help minimize the risk of complications and ensure a smoother recovery process. Remember to ask your dentist whether they accept a dental plan for wisdom tooth extraction to reduce the treatment cost.
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