What is Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery Like?
At The Dentist in Louisville, we rely on oral sedation to remove wisdom teeth. This means that you will be awake but relaxed. We ensure you are properly numb before beginning treatment and that you have music or a show to enjoy throughout the procedure.
The extraction begins with the removal of the tissues that are in the way. If the wisdom teeth are impacted beneath the bone, the dentist will use a drill to reach the wisdom teeth through the bone. At this point, the teeth can be removed from your mouth, sometimes in sections. After the wisdom teeth have been fully removed, the dentist may need to put stitches to close up the area.
What is the Recovery Time for Wisdom Tooth Removal?
You should make no plans for the remainder of the day after having your wisdom teeth removed. There will likely be pain, bleeding, and swelling in your mouth during the first 24 hours after the procedure. The extraction site may take up to six weeks to heal completely, but most patients can return to regular activities after 24-48 hours. Symptoms are usually greatly improved by the third day after the procedure. It is important to understand that while regular daily activities are ok after 24-48 hours, strenuous activity must be avoided for about one week after removing wisdom teeth. This is important to avoid a dry socket, which is extremely painful.