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My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.


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What To Expect During Wisdom Teeth Extraction

by Alfredo Moore

Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure. Most adults will have at least one wisdom tooth removed sometime during their lives. Typically, wisdom teeth are extracted because there isn't enough room in your mouth to accommodate them or because they are likely to impact and damage other teeth. In some cases, your dentist may recommend wisdom teeth extraction as a preventative measure, since wisdom teeth can be harder to clean in small mouths, and they can become decayed in the future. Here is what you should expect during the extraction process:

1. You will have X-rays taken.

Before your wisdom teeth extraction, your dentist will take a new set of X-rays so your oral surgeon will have a current picture of your teeth. This will let them know where they should expect to find your wisdom teeth during the procedure.

2. You will be able to choose your level of sedation.

Before the procedure, you will have the opportunity to discuss sedation options with your dentist. If you aren't a nervous dental patient, you may want to opt for local anesthesia. If you choose this option, the dentist will inject your gums with Novocaine to numb you prior to the surgery, just as they would before a root canal. If you are feeling some trepidation about the wisdom teeth removal, you may want to opt for IV sedation or oral sedation. In some cases, exceptionally nervous patients may prefer general anesthesia so they can sleep through the surgery. There are benefits and drawbacks to each method of sedation, so discuss it with your dentist ahead of time.

3. The dentist can remove wisdom teeth that aren't yet visible.

In some cases, you will need to have wisdom teeth extracted before they are visible above your gumline. Your dentist will make an incision in your gums and use a tool to break up your wisdom teeth so they can be fully extracted. You won't feel any pain during this process due to the anesthesia.

4. Follow the aftercare instructions.

Once you're discharged from the dentist's office, your healing process is just beginning. After your wisdom teeth extraction, you will likely have stitches in your mouth. Take care not to disturb these, and try not to do anything that causes you pain. You will probably want to eat soft foods or drink smoothies for the first few days while your mouth heals. Your dentist will warn you not to drink through a straw or smoke cigarettes since this can impede the healing process and lead to painful dry sockets.

For more information, get in touch with a clinic near you such as Claros Dental Care.