What you need to know about molar extraction in Indianapolis
Finding out that you need oral surgery can seem overwhelming, but the good news is that molar extraction is a common and straightforward procedure.
The reason for molar extraction
Wisdom teeth are your third molars, located at the very back of the mouth. Because these teeth are the last to emerge, they can cause problems. In many cases, there is not enough room for the teeth to erupt, which leads to impaction. Impacted teeth can cause pain, swelling, and tenderness. Wisdom teeth can also emerge partially or crooked, which can lead to overcrowding and increased risk of decay and disease.
The removal procedure
The removal process is routine. Dr. Church will discuss sedation options with you prior to the procedure. We offer both oral conscious and nitrous oxide sedation. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area. Once the molars have been removed, the area will be cleaned and stitched up. Gauze is placed to prevent bleeding and promote clotting.
After the procedure
Some pain and swelling is common in the first few days following molar extraction. Patients are encouraged to use ice packs for swelling and take over the counter or prescribed medication as directed by Dr. Church. Patients should consume only clear cool fluids such as water and avoid caffeine and alcohol. For the first 24 hours, we recommend consuming foods like yogurt, applesauce, and cool broths. After that time, patients can eat soft foods that require chewing.
To prevent infection, patients should avoid rinsing, flossing, and brushing the teeth for the first 24 hours. Afterward, gently brushing and rinsing regularly with salt water can help prevent infection. Typical recovery from extraction lasts 3-4 days, while some patients may need up to a week.
For more information on molar extraction from Washington Street Dentistry in Indianapolis, call (317) 333-6788.