Wisdom Teeth Removal: What Should You Expect?
Wisdom teeth removal removes the last set of molars in your child’s mouth. Wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to come in, usually between ages 17 to 21. Because they are the last to arrive, they often come in crooked or don’t have enough room to fully push through the gum. Below, we offer a guide for parents that explains what to expect before, during, and after your child's wisdom tooth surgery.
Wisdom Teeth: What to Expect When You Have Them Removed
When your child has impacted wisdom teeth, he or she will likely experience pain in the area around the teeth. Your teenager may also have significant swelling on the face or jaw.
In the case of an emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. In a non-emergency, if your child is experiencing any pain in or around their mouth, call Kool Smiles today and discuss the issue with one of our dentists. We have more than 120 locations across the U.S., so there’s sure to be a dentist near you who can discuss your child’s wisdom teeth problems, and help decide if they need to be removed.
There are several steps to getting wisdom teeth removed, including:
- Choice of anesthetic: local, sedation or general anesthesia. These all help ensure your child is comfortable during surgery. Your dentist will likely have recommendations on which is a best choice.
- Removal. The following steps depend upon your child’s specific wisdom teeth and how they’re situated.
- Expose tooth below the gum, and if needed, cut away bone to get at root of tooth
- Remove the tooth
- Clean the socket (the hole left by the removed tooth)
- Close with stitches if needed
- Healing. The healing process requires that your child follows the guidelines the dentist or oral surgeon gives.
- Plan on your child requiring rest for two to three days with pain medication
- No smoking is allowed
- Allow your child to consume soft foods only for the first 24 hours
- Change gauze in mouth as needed
Dry socket is a complication that occurs more frequently after wisdom teeth removal procedures. The hole left behind when a tooth is pulled is called a socket. A blood clot naturally forms in the socket to cover the exposed nerves and bone. If that clot doesn’t stay in place or does not form properly, dry socket can occur.
What to Expect From Kool Smiles
We’re happy to explain the wisdom teeth removal procedure and answer any questions you might have. If your child is experiencing facial swelling, difficulty swallowing or fever, please don’t wait, give us a call and make your appointment today!