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What are Impacted third molars?

Wisdom teeth are third molars that try to squeeze themselves into whatever space you have in your mouth. The dentist in the office will determine if there is enough room for your wisdom teeth to grow correctly. If your they are needed to be extracted, we will take care of it for you. We do most of our tooth extractions in our clinic but if complications are likely, we will refer you to the proper oral surgeon for a further follow up and removal.

What is a dry socket?

A dry socket occurs when part of the blood clot either dissolves or falls out of the surgical site. This is not a serious complication, but is often a painful one. A dry socket can cause pain several days after the extraction. If this is the case, please contact our office, as some medication may need to be placed into the site to improve comfort as the healing progresses.

Wisdom tooth extraction aftercare

Here is what you should do after an wisdom tooth surgical extraction:

  • No smoking
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No spitting
  • No drinking through a straw
  • Rinse with warm salt water (one tsp salt to 1 cup warm water)
  • Gently brush surgical area
  • Only consume cold or lukewarm fluids during the first four to six hours.
  • Stick to soft foods for the next few days.
  • If you notice swelling then an ice pack can be used in 10 minute intervals

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