For some patients, wisdom tooth removal is easy. But for others, extracting the third molars is much more complex.
How difficult will your procedure be? Make sure to ask your oral surgeon before the day of your extraction so that you understand what to expect during recovery.
Every patient has unique considerations when it comes to any oral surgery procedure. For wisdom tooth removal, however, the level of difficulty generally depends on three factors.
Factor #1: Tooth Position
When the third molars are properly aligned, extraction is quicker and easier. Impacted teeth, or those that are partially or fully stuck in the gum tissue or jawbone, are more difficult to remove.
Factor #2: Tooth Depth
The depth of an impacted wisdom tooth in relation to the neighboring second molar can affect the difficulty of extraction. The deeper the position, the more involved the procedure will be.
Factor #3: Root Anatomy
Wisdom teeth with fused roots are usually easier to remove, as are those that have only partially formed roots. Curved or irregularly shaped roots increase the difficulty of wisdom tooth extraction.
Recovery from Simple & Complex Tooth Extractions
As you might expect, recovering from a simple tooth removal is easier and takes less time than recovering from a difficult tooth extraction. Complex procedures create more tissue trauma, which prolongs the healing process.
Regardless of the difficulty of your wisdom tooth extraction, you’ll need to follow the same general guidelines during the recovery period. Your oral surgeon will tell you what to do — and what not to do. But for faster healing, remember these tooth extraction aftercare basics:
- Use over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to manage pain, and take the medication like clockwork for at least the first few days.
- Apply ice to your cheek — 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off — to keep the swelling down.
- Relax and rest — avoid heavy lifting, strenuous physical activity and sports for at least a few days.
- Watch what you eat — stick to soft foods until the surgical site has healed, as hard, sticky and chewy foods can cause damage.
- Don’t smoke or drink from a straw — the suction could dislodge the blood clot at the extraction site, causing a painful complication called dry socket.
If Dr. Garrison or Dr. Kelly at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is performing your wisdom tooth removal, you’ll be given specific aftercare instructions for a speedy recovery. Follow their advice, and you should heal without any worries.
The Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery team is known for expert-level treatment and friendly, compassionate care. You can trust that we’ll do everything we can to ensure the easiest possible recovery. To learn more, contact our Indianapolis, Indiana, office and schedule a wisdom tooth removal consultation today.