What is the General Process for Removing a Wisdom Tooth?
When it comes to things that people worry about having to deal with, wisdom teeth removal is pretty high up on the list. Tooth removal of almost any kind is not looked upon as something to trifle with unnecessarily, and the removal of the wisdom tooth, in particular, is often thought to be a hard ordeal.
Is getting wisdom teeth really as bad as people seem to think?
We’ve seen rapid development and improvement in treatment options that your local professional dentist can offer you for nearly any treatment you can think of; we no longer need to use dental gold or silver to fill teeth, we no longer have to use orthodontic headgear to realign the vast majority of teeth, and we can now replace missing or lost teeth with dental implants. Surely we’ve made improvements on the process of removing teeth, right?
The Process Of Removing The Teeth
Before they can remove the offending tooth, first they need to numb it in some way so that you don’t feel pain (or as much pain as you normally would) during the process. This means you will require anesthesia. There are three types of anesthesia applicable to the removal of your teeth:
Type of Anesthesia
- Local Anesthesia – You remain awake during this process, and they just numb the gum line near the tooth to be removed. This makes sure that you don’t feel pain, so much as you feel a sort of pressure and movement during the process. If you’re only getting one tooth removed, this is what you’re likely to be in for.
- Sedation Anesthesia – This is often used along with local anesthesia and called IV Sedation. They run an IV line through your arm, and they deliver the anesthesia that way, which will not only ensure you don’t feel pain but also ensures that you’re not entirely conscious during the procedure. You may be somewhat conscious, but you won’t remember most of the removal.
- General Anesthesia – This can be delivered via an IV line or via gas inhalation. It will put you out to the point where you don’t remember the procedure at all. After the anesthesia is no longer present in the body, you’ll still be in a state of reduced consciousness for some time.
So now that you know about the anesthesia, let’s look at the actual process of taking out the tooth.
- Make an incision to expose both the tooth and the bone
- Remove the bone to get at the tooth root
- Remove the tooth, in pieces if necessary
- Clean debris from the removal site
- Close the wound if necessary
- Place gauze over the site to speed the healing and clotting processes
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? The reality is that thanks to the advent of anesthesia that is reliable and safe, there’s not a lot of worries that you’re going to be suffering during the actual process of the removal. Afterwards, of course, you’ll feel some discomfort (you did just remove a part of your mouth, and it does have nerve endings attached and more), and you will likely receive a prescription for some pain reducers (usually something similar to very powerful ibuprofen).
So yes, it is a process that can be painful, but it is nowhere near as painful as the average person has been lead to believe. If you would like to learn more about the process, contact your local professional dentist.