Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Streamwood and Hoffman Estates, IL
What to Expect During Wisdom Tooth Removal
Your wisdom teeth (or third molars) are usually the last teeth to come in. If they align properly in the back corners of your mouth and your gums are healthy, you won’t need to extract them. However, this is rarely the case. Most mouths are designed to hold 28 teeth comfortably and when these four extra teeth finally do come in, it can lead to crowding issues, irritated gums, and a host of other problems. Many times, your wisdom teeth will grow sideways and become impacted beneath your gums, which can lead to infection and damage to your surrounding teeth. If left untreated, wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain, discomfort, and trauma.
Our dentist will either give you local anesthesia near the site of extraction or a general or sedation anesthesia if you don’t want to be conscious during the procedure. We’ll then make the necessary incision in your gum tissue, exposing the teeth and bone, and remove any bone that may be restricting our access to your tooth’s root. We’ll then divide your tooth into smaller pieces so that it’s easier to remove and thoroughly clean the extraction site before stitching the wound closed to promote healing afterward. You may experience temporary bleeding, swelling, bruising, and pain around the extraction site after the procedure – this is perfectly normal. You should expect to rest, and we don’t recommend eating and drinking certain foods and beverages for the first 24 hours.