Third Molar Extractions
Oconee County, Clemson, & Seneca SC
Did you know that a surgical tooth extraction is the most common type of surgery performed in the United States? One of the most frequent types of extractions removes third molars, also known as wisdom teeth. At SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we have the training and technology to make the extraction of wisdom teeth as convenient and comfortable as possible.
What are third molars?
These teeth develop at the back of the mouth, usually when a person is in their late teens or early twenties.
If not removed, wisdom teeth can often cause oral health concerns including:
- Tooth decay
- Gum infections
- Damage to existing teeth
- Mouth pain
- TMJ disorder
What to expect from a third molar extraction
During the procedure, your mouth will be completely numb. Some patients may prefer to undergo conscious sedation, or laughing gas, to help ease their dental anxiety during the procedure.
If the wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning sideways under the gums, incisions will be made to access the teeth and remove them. The surgical incisions usually are closed with stitches, which should dissolve on their own over time.
Care after procedure
SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry recommends the following steps after wisdom teeth are extracted:
- Bite gently on gauze pads, changing them out as they become soaked with blood from the incisions. Call your dentist or oral surgeon right away if bleeding persists more than 24 hours after the extraction.
- Do not lie flat or engage in physical activity, both of which can prolong bleeding.
- Do not smoke for at least 24 hours following the extraction. This can loosen the blood clot, delay healing, or contaminate the surgical wounds.
- Administer an ice pack on the outside of your cheek for 15-20 minutes at a time for the first 24 hours to manage the swelling.
- Eat a diet of soft foods following the procedure, gradually re-introducing solid food over time. Do not drink from a straw for the first few days after the extraction.
It is recommended to extract wisdom teeth as soon as they begin to develop before they become an issue. For more information about wisdom teeth removal, call the office of SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry at (864) 647-9000 to schedule a consultation.
SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry provides total oral health care to patients living in the areas of Oconee County, Clemson, & Seneca SC.