You may need a wisdom tooth removal if it is slanted and puts pressure on your existing teeth. The wisdom tooth will protrude from below the gum flap, called an operculum. If food particles get caught in this flap, an infection called pericoronitis will fester. Once the infection causes severe toothache and pain, you may need to undergo a wisdom tooth extraction.
Before the appointment, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to the affected area. Depending n the individual, the patient may opt for general sedation so they will be asleep throughout the procedure. Your specialist will make a small incision to remove the wisdom tooth. The tooth will either be pulled out or removed piece by piece if the surrounding teeth make it impossible to remove in a single pull.
Afterward, sutures will be provided on the treated area to prevent bleeding. We recommend having someone take you to and from our office. While you sleep, you should lie down with the support of a pillow for your head. Take any medication and antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor. Call us immediately if bleeding occurs for more than 24 hours.
We recommend eating soft foods such as yogurt, gelatin, pudding, mashed potatoes, ice cream, and more. Please, do not suck from a straw as it will affect the healing process of the treated area. Always make follow-up appointments so we can check on your progress!