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How painful is the extraction of a wisdom tooth?

Oct 12

Wisdom teeth removal is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning you won't have to stay in the hospital overnight. Most people report that wisdom tooth extraction is not a particularly painful experience. Of course, everyone's pain tolerance is different, so some people may find the procedure more uncomfortable than others. But, in general, most people report that the pain is manageable and subsides relatively quickly.


The majority of people will eventually need to have a wisdom tooth removed. This is because wisdom teeth are the last to erupt, and if they are not given enough freedom to develop normally, they can frequently cause issues. Although removing wisdom teeth is a straightforward process, it can be excruciating. In more detail, let's examine the discomfort experienced during a wisdom teeth extraction.


Typically, between the ages of 17 and 21 is when your wisdom teeth erupt. However, in some circumstances, they might not show up until you're in your mid-20s or older. As a result, many people experience overcrowding, impaction (when the tooth doesn't break through the gum), and other issues resulting from their wisdom teeth.


You can require the removal of your wisdom teeth for a few reasons. Your wisdom teeth being impacted or lodged under your gums and unable to erupt normally is one typical cause. Your other teeth could be damaged, infected, and in pain. Additionally, they can explode at an angle that could harm or crowd your other teeth. Sometimes, wisdom teeth don't have enough space to erupt and must be removed to prevent further issues.


Your dentist or oral surgeon would probably advise pulling your wisdom teeth if they bother you or are impacted. The removal of wisdom teeth is a frequent treatment typically carried out under sedation and local anesthesia (medication to numb the area).

Recovery After Wisdom Teeth Extraction


The procedure of recovering from wisdom tooth removal is often quite simple. Most of the time, the area around the extraction site may likely show some swelling and bruising; however, this should go away in a few days. Depending on the depth of your surgery, you can also have stitches in place. Within a week or two, these will typically go on their own.


When wisdom teeth are removed, there are several possible recuperation techniques. The most typical procedure involves having the patient bite on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes following surgery. This aids in forming a blood clot and stopping the bleeding. The next step is to have the patient lie down with their head raised and freeze their face for the first few hours in 20-minute intervals (from chin to ear). Additionally, it's critical to refrain from smoking, spitting, and straw-using as these actions can interfere with blood clotting and result in swelling. Finally, patients should expect numbness, bruising, pain, and swelling around the surgical site.


It's crucial to talk to your dentist if you're still in pain after having a wisdom tooth removed to see what might be the problem. Dry sockets, infections, and nerve damage are a few potential reasons why pain persists following wisdom teeth excision. When the blood clot forms at the extraction site disappears or moves, dry sockets develop. The result could be painfully exposed bone and nerves.


Infection is another factor that could contribute to pain that lasts after wisdom teeth removal. This might occur if bacteria enter the exposed socket and cause an infection. Pain following wisdom teeth removal may also result from nerve damage. If the procedure damages the nerves, it can take some time for the discomfort to go away. Cutting the nerve may sometimes be required to relieve the pain.


The methods for removing wisdom teeth have advanced significantly in recent years. In addition, there are techniques to lessen the discomfort, even if they could still be severe. Contact us immediately to schedule a consultation if you have pain in your wisdom teeth and want to learn more about your choices for extraction. At River District Smiles Dentistry, our professionals will collaborate with you to identify the ideal treatment for your particular problem.