Wisdom Teeth Removal in Kennewick, WA
At A Family Dental Center, we know there can be a lot of anxiety that surrounds the extraction process for wisdom teeth. And we also know that a lot of that anxiety stems from stories that people have heard about their own wisdom tooth extraction procedure. But the truth is that the extraction process does not have to be painful – especially with the advances made in dental equipment and technology in recent years. Following are some of the most frequent questions we receive in our Kennewick office, and we hope that by providing the answers here you’ll come to learn that a wisdom tooth extraction procedure doesn’t have to be a frightening experience.
Why is the Wisdom Tooth Extraction Different from Other Extractions?
In dentistry there are two types of tooth extraction: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. Having a wisdom tooth removed falls under the second category since it typically involves cutting of your gum tissue and the jaw bone to extract the tooth. But the good news is that in both procedures you should not feel any pain since the area will be numb with the help of a local anesthetic. Other patients opt for additional sedation as part of their procedure. This is something that should be discussed with your dentist prior to your procedure since arrangements may have to be made in advance.
Understanding the Recovery Period After a Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Every patient will be different and the recovery periods will vary depending on the number of wisdom teeth that were removed. Obviously, if you have four impacted wisdom teeth removed your recovery period will be greater than a patient who only had one simple extraction. However, the general rule of thumb is that the recovery period can take up to 5-7 days. Your dentist will provide you with post-procedure care instructions which will include the use of ice, salt water rinses, and over-the-counter analgesics.
Still Have Questions About Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
The caring and professional staff at A Family Dental Center are happy to answer your questions about the wisdom tooth extraction process or any procedure that you may have questions about. As a multi-specialty dentist in Kennewick, we’re experienced in all phases of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.