For many people, dental issues involving surgery can be a source of anxiety and uncertainty. When needing a dental procedure like a wisdom tooth extraction, understanding all the ins and outs can help ease a worried mind. The good news is, while the procedure may be new to you, it’s routine for us: about 85% of people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed at some point during their lifetime. At East Longmeadow Family Dental Center, we’re here to guide you through the process, address your concerns, and ensure that you receive the care you need.
The Wisdom Behind a Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are located at the back of your mouth. These late-blooming molars, often making their debut in your late teens or early twenties, have earned their name from the time of life during which they typically appear. However, they don’t always bring wisdom; in fact, they can be quite mischievous.
While some people may never encounter issues with them, many individuals find themselves in a dental dilemma. They might grow straight and cause no trouble, or they can take a crooked path, leading to a host of problems.
When Wisdom Teeth Cause Problems
Why do some wisdom teeth become problematic? Here are some common scenarios:
- Limited space: The mouth can be a crowded place, and there’s not always enough room for these latecomers to grow in properly.
- Impaction drama: Wisdom teeth often grow at odd angles, and can become impacted. This means they’re trapped in your jawbone or under your gums.
- Oral battlefield: Due to their location at the back of the mouth, cleaning wisdom teeth can be a challenge, making them prone to infections and decay.
In many cases, the best solution to these problems is wisdom tooth extraction.
The Case for Wisdom Tooth Extraction
We may recommend wisdom tooth extraction for various reasons, such as decay, pain, infection, or crowding. It’s also often recommended as a proactive approach to prevent future problems. At East Longmeadow Family Dental Center, we can take out a wisdom tooth as long as it is not impacted, or below the gumline. If it is impacted, we will recommend you to a specialist. Our goal is always to provide you with the best, most comfortable care.
Timing matters when it comes to wisdom tooth extraction. It’s best to address the issue sooner rather than later. Delaying the procedure can lead to increased discomfort and complications. If you or a loved one is experiencing pain due to an issue with their wisdom teeth, it’s time to take action.
The Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure
The process of extracting a wisdom tooth is safe and straightforward, and your comfort is prioritized every step of the way.
- Consultation: Dr. Zirakian begins with a thorough examination of your mouth and the affected tooth. Your medical history, medications, family dental history, and oral hygiene routine are all discussed. We then take X-rays to determine the extent of the problem, discuss sedation methods and options for those with dental anxiety, and go over cost and payment plans.
- The procedure: Dr. Zirakian starts by numbing the area with a local anesthetic, ensuring you feel no pain during the procedure. Specialized dental instruments are used to loosen and remove the tooth from its socket. In some cases, if the tooth is severely decayed, access may require a small incision in the gums.
- Post-Extraction: Once the tooth is removed, Dr. Zirakian will clean the socket and place any necessary stitches. A gauze pad is placed over the socket to aid in clotting. If you’ve received sedation, make sure to arrange for someone to drive you home.
Recovery and Aftercare
Recovery from a tooth extraction is generally swift, with most people feeling back to normal within a few days. To ensure a smooth recovery, follow these tips:
- Keep the extraction site clean by rinsing with antimicrobial mouthwash.
- Continue brushing your teeth as usual but avoid direct brushing of the treated area, especially if you have stitches.
- Follow any prescribed antibiotics or medications as directed by Dr. Zirakian.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage discomfort.
- Avoid strenuous activities for at least two days and opt for soft food options such as soup, yogurt, or mashed potatoes.
- Don’t use straws, as they can dislodge blood clots.
- Consider using a pillow to prop up your head while sleeping to reduce swelling.
We Understand Your Financial Concerns
We know that dental procedures, especially surgical ones like wisdom tooth extraction, can raise financial concerns. The uncertainty of costs can be a significant source of stress, and we understand that navigating the world of insurance and financing can be confusing. Our dedicated team is here to help you understand your options clearly, so you can make informed decisions about your dental health.
We also believe that dental treatment should be accessible to everyone, which is why we partner with multiple financing companies to offer flexible payment plans tailored to your budget.
Get Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction at East Longmeadow Family Dental
If you’re grappling with severe tooth decay, concerns about wisdom teeth, or other dental pain, don’t delay. We can provide relief from discomfort and prevent the spread of bacteria with prompt, expert treatment. Dr. Gregory Zirakian and the team at East Longmeadow Family Dental Center are here to provide the dental care you need.
With nearly 40 years of experience, state-of-the-art facilities, and unwavering dedication to patients, Dr. Zirakian is a trusted dental expert in East Longmeadow. Your oral health is an integral part of your overall well-being, and we’re committed to helping you maintain it.
Don’t let dental issues hold you back. Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Zirakian today.