Our oral surgeons are the professionals who specialize in wisdom teeth removal, as this is a surgical procedure. If you are unsure if you need your wisdom teeth removed, it is important you come in for an oral exam. There are several things we look for when determining if you need your wisdom teeth removed, whether it be one or all of them.
When you make an appointment for your wisdom teeth, you will meet Dr. R. Heath Hendrickson. We call him “Dr. Wisdom Teeth.” He has had over fourteen years of experience in the particular procedure of examining and removing wisdom teeth, making him quite the expert.
Our wisdom teeth extraction is an outpatient procedure. This means that you arrive early on the day of your surgery to be prepped and once the procedure is complete, you get to return home the same day. You are given a few different choices for anesthesia, all of which can cause you to feel a little foggy. You may not even remember getting home, and this is perfectly normal. We also require you to have someone to drive you home for this reason. We will go over the anesthesia process in detail before your surgery so you know what to expert.
After your surgery is complete, some pain and swelling is a normal side effect as you regain the feeling in your mouth. You will be given medication to manage the pain and swelling to make recovery as comfortable as possible. Ice packs should be used directly on your face for swelling as well. We are able to both prescribe you medication and advise you on over-the-counter options.
The recovery time differs for each person. This is determined by the condition of your wisdom teeth the day of surgery. The majority of patients fully recover from surgery in three to four day. If your teeth were impacted or were growing in at severe angles, you can expect a full week of recovery time. You will need to come in to get the area of surgery cleaned in order to avoid infections and remove food that may become stuck around the area.