Wisdom Teeth Removal
When you need wisdom teeth removed, Dr. Gregory Borrowdale will provide you with a local or general anesthesia depending on the number extracted. Avoiding eating or drinking after midnight will allow you to tolerate the anesthetic well. Removing a wisdom tooth involves cutting into the gum tissue and removing bone that covers the tooth. Dr. Borrowdale separates the tissue between the tooth and bone and then the bone itself. You may need removable or dissolvable stitches after the procedure.
After the Surgery
Discomfort should last only a few days and be relieved by painkillers. Following these tips may reduce your recovery time:
- Bite down gentry on the gauze pad Dr. Borrowdale provides after surgery and replace each one as it becomes blood-soaked. You should not have bleeding after 24 hours. Avoid lying flat as this can prolong bleeding.
- Reduce physical activity for 48 hours.
- An ice pack on the cheek for the first 24 hours and a warm washcloth after that helps control pain.
- Eat only soft foods for a few days and then gradually re-introduce solids.
- After day one, relieve pain by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water several times daily.
- Avoid smoking for 24 hours after surgery.
- Don’t touch the area with your fingers or tongue.
- Continue your regular oral hygiene habits.
Why We Remove Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth can cause a range of problems when not extracted. These include:
- If your jaw is too small for the wisdom teeth to come in, they will not be able to break through your gums and will become impacted.
- You could develop an infection when part of your gum grows over the wisdom tooth.
- Impacted teeth can cause cysts, damage to nearby bone and teeth, and infections.
Problems Resolved by Wisdom Teeth Removal
Removing the wisdom teeth prevents the back teeth from crowding as well as impaction. It also eliminates problems with swollen, red, and painful gums that happen when only a portion of a flap of skin around the wisdom tooth has grown in. If wisdom teeth are present, removing them is essential to preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal, also known as endodontic surgery, removes diseased nerves from tooth roots. It is a preventive measure when a tooth has become infected. If not treated, an infected tooth can become abscessed, which is a highly painful condition resulting in bone loss of the jaw.
The Root Canal Process
The first thing Dr. Borrowdale does when you need a root canal is provide you with anesthesia. Next, he creates a small hole through the tooth’s biting surface. This allows him to shape and clean the tooth prior to it receiving gutta percha, a dental filling material. After placing the filling, he seals the canal of the tooth and places a crown on it. This preserves bite strength and discourages the invasion of bacteria that could cause a new infection.
Reasons for a Root Canal
The most common reason that patients need a root canal is that a deep cavity has reached the nerve of the tooth. An exposed root caused by trauma to the tooth or a tooth crack that reaches its nerves are other common reasons.
Indications of Needing a Root Canal
Please schedule a consultation for a root canal with Dr. Borrowdale if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Pain that radiates from one side of the mouth to the other side.
- Pain when biting down.
- A pimple-like mark on your gum line that may bleed or produce pus.
- Toothaches that interfere with your sleep.
- Discomfort when drinking or eating hot or cold foods and beverages.
- Any pressure on the tooth that causes discomfort.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental care, our dental services, your dental appointment or treatment, contact us today. Phone: (916) 983-1100 Address: 785 Hana Way Ste 203, Folsom, CA 95630