It’s not unusual to hear about getting wisdom teeth pulled out, but it’s less common to know exactly what they are and what their purpose is. Here at Dr. Ramon Bana DDS in Miami, FL, we specialize in wisdom teeth removal and extraction.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars people get, usually in their late teens or early twenties. If properly aligned, they’re an asset; but if they’re misaligned, they need to be removed. If they aren’t, wisdom teeth can become horizontally positioned and angle to or away from the second molars. This usually leads to overcrowding or damage to the adjacent teeth. It might also cause painful infections, which is why it’s important to ask your dentist to check the progress of your wisdom teeth.
Preparing for Wisdom Tooth Removal
If you think you need wisdom tooth extraction in Miami, visit Dr. Ramon Bana. We offer wisdom tooth removal services and do our best to make it as painless and hassle-free as possible.
Before the surgery, we offer a pre-extraction exam to give you an idea of what to expect (such as whether or not the wisdom tooth is underneath or has erupted through the gum). While there may be some variation in the general process, preparation will normally happen like this:
- If you have an infection at the time of surgery, it will usually be delayed until it’s cleared up, and you may receive some antibiotics.
- When you’re ready, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth.
The Extraction Process
During the wisdom tooth extraction, we’ll start by making an incision into the gum tissue. This allows us to remove any bone blocking access to tooth’s root. If it’s easier to remove the tooth in pieces, we’ll break it up and then remove it. We then clean the site of the removed tooth to get rid of any remaining bone fragments and apply stitches if necessary.
After the Procedure
After the wisdom tooth removal, plan on taking it easy for a few days. Don’t drink coffee, alcohol, soda, or hot beverages for the first few days. Applying an ice pack will help with customary swelling in the first few days. Our team at Dr. Ramon Bana DDS will help provide you with more detailed instructions following the surgery.
Call us at (305) 857-3731 to schedule an appointment to check on your wisdom teeth.