Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain and the shifting of other teeth. An impacted wisdom tooth is when the tooth grows in at an angle instead of growing up through the gum line. If it is not removed, swelling and/or infection may possibly occur. In this case, a wisdom tooth extraction may be appropriate.
Sometimes, only one tooth may need removal, and other times, all of the wisdom teeth may need to be extracted. If Dr. McVey recommends removing the wisdom tooth, he will use anasthetic before the procedure. You, the patient, and the doctor can discuss the different options to decide which anesthetic will be best to use.
After the procedure, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home. Anesthetic will make it impossible to drive safely. Bleeding can be expected after the extractions; gauze will be placed on the site to help reduce and stop bleeding. However if bleeding lasts longer than 24 hours, call the dentist right away!
Make sure to rest when you are home, but do not lie completely flat. Keep your head slightly elevated. Dr. McVey will prescribe pain medication to help control any pain experienced after the procedure. Ice packs can be used to help relieve pain and swelling, too. If necessary, you will be provided with a cleaning solution to clean the area.
You will need to avoid hard, crunchy foods for a few days after the extraction. Some safe foods to eat include: