Oral Surgery Fairfax VA
While it’s usually a good idea to try to preserve as many teeth as possible, sometimes oral surgery is recommended. A tooth can become impacted and cause damage to the jaw and surrounding teeth. Sometimes crowding of teeth can require that one or more teeth are removed before starting orthodontic work.
Wisdom teeth are the most common teeth removed through oral surgery. Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to emerge. This usually happens in one’s late teens or early twenties. While some people have no issues with their wisdom teeth, many develop problems when these teeth try to protrude through the gums. An impacted wisdom tooth can cause pain. Also, the tooth can come in unevenly or it may only emerge partially.
It is often necessary to remove impacted wisdom teeth so that they do not cause huge problems down the road. X-rays can determine if you will need to have your wisdom teeth removed.
Do you need a tooth removed due to crowding, impaction or other reasons? If so, let the dentists at Breeze Dental take a look at your mouth and assess your situation. Give us a call at (703) 273-5545.
Wisdom teeth can cause various problems when they emerge. When a wisdom tooth only emerges partially, a flap of skin called an operculum may form over the tooth. This makes the tooth hard to clean. In addition, it can lead to an infection. While the infection will usually go away on its own but can cause swelling and pain in the area. This is why wisdom teeth extractions are a fairly common procedure.
During a wisdom tooth extraction, the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth is cut open to reveal the tooth. The dentist loosens the tooth by gripping it tightly and wiggling it back and forth. It is then lifted out of the gums. If the tooth cannot be easily lifted out of the gums, it may be broken up into pieces first before being removed. Sutures may be needed to close the area. Soluble sutures will dissolve on their own.
Post Treatment Care
You will need to rest after the surgery. You will have had anesthesia, so you will not be able to drive afterward. Be prepared to have someone take you home. You may notice some bleeding at the extraction site after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the site and should be changed when it becomes soaked. Call your dentist if bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours after surgery.
When you get home, you should rest, but avoid lying flat, as this could prolong the bleeding. Use pain medication for soreness, as needed. An ice pack placed on your face can help with the pain.
For the first few days after surgery, you will be limited to soft foods. Some recommended foods are yogurt, gelatin, pudding, ice cream, mashed potatoes, soups and anything else you can eat without chewing.
It is fine to drink beverages as usual. However, make sure you do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your stitches and delay the clotting process. If you smoke, avoid doing so during the healing process. Let your dentist know if you are suffering from prolonged pain, bleeding or irritation.
Extraction Site Preservation
When removing a tooth, you may want to consider what will be done with the empty space left behind. Wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth, so nothing needs to be done once they are removed. The site will heal on its own without complications.
However, if any other tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jaw bone will degenerate and change shape during healing. This can cause your teeth to shift, which can lead to problems in your bite. This can affect your ability to chew and speak.
Many people opt to fill the empty space with a dental bridge or implant. If you opt for a dental bridge, the bridge must be created and placed shortly after the extraction, before the teeth shift. If you want a dental implant instead, you need to make sure you are a good candidate. A sturdy jaw bone is needed for an implant.
Before you get your tooth removed, let your dentist know your plans for the extraction site. They will inform you of your options and create a treatment plan.
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Oral surgery may be needed to remove impacted or painful teeth. Teeth may also need to be removed due to trauma or infection. Sometimes extraction is required before orthodontic work can be done. Whatever the reason, the dentists at Breeze Dental can assess your situation and advise you of the next steps. To schedule a consultation, call our office at (703) 273-5545.