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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

A Smile 4U

Dentists located in Cartersville, Dalton, East Point, Hiram, and Decatur, GA, and Oxford, MI

Wisdom teeth serve no purpose, but if they grow in incorrectly, they can seriously affect your dental health and general well-being. In many cases, the best course of action is to have them removed. The experienced team at A Smile 4 U provides expert wisdom tooth extraction services, ensuring you feel comfortable throughout and receive all the aftercare support you need. A Smile 4 U has locations in Cartersville, Dalton, East Point, Hiram, and Decatur, Georgia, and Oxford, Mississippi. Call your nearest office today or book an appointment online.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Q & A

What are wisdom teeth?

Not everyone has wisdom teeth, the molars at the back of your mouth. But they can cause dental issues for those who do, especially if they're impacted. An impacted tooth doesn't fully erupt, so some of it sits below the gum line, making it hard to clean.

Your provider at A Smile 4 U keeps a careful eye on your wisdom tooth development to catch potential issues early on.

Why is a wisdom tooth extraction necessary?

You should have wisdom teeth removed if they cause any of the following:

  • Damage to the surrounding teeth
  • Overcrowding
  • Cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Tumor or cyst
  • Frequent infection

Your provider at A Smile 4 U advises you on the safest course of treatment to keep your mouth healthy.

What happens during a wisdom tooth extraction?

Your provider at A Smile 4 U recommends you have your wisdom tooth extraction under general anesthesia. You should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your procedure.

During your procedure, your dentist administers a long-term anesthetic that provides up to six hours of pain relief after surgery. If your tooth is impacted, your dentist may need to remove part of the bone or tooth to take it out. If you need stitches, the stitches should dissolve after a few days.

The procedure takes around 45 minutes. Remember to arrange transportation home, because you shouldn't drive.

What should I expect during recovery from a wisdom tooth extraction?

Most people experience numbness, pain, and swelling for a few days post-surgery. You can resume normal activities the following day and return to school or work after three days of rest. Avoid strenuous or high-impact activities for at least a week.

It's normal to see large holes while your gum heals. Your dentist gives you instructions on how to keep these clean and free from food. Your post-surgery care includes:

  • Prescribed pain relief
  • Plenty of fluids
  • Ice to ease swelling and bruising 
  • Only soft or liquid foods for the first few days
  • Brushing your teeth the following day, taking care near the wound
  • Not using a straw for a week
  • No hot, hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for the first few days
  • No smoking for at least a week

Call your dentist if you have any concerns, including persistent pain or numbness lasting longer than a week.

Schedule your wisdom tooth extraction consultation today. Call A Smile 4 U or book an appointment online.