How long should you wait to smoke after an extraction? "
As your doctor, I would tell you to wait forever! However, I understand that in the real world this isn't always possible. I would recommend 7 days without smoking. The idea is to give your body a chance to get healing well on the way before you start smoking again. Cigarettes have been shown to cause constriction of capillaries and thus reduced blood flow and immune response to the healing surgical site. This results in higher chances of post op infections -- more commonly known as the dreaded DRY SOCKET!
How are wisdom teeth removed?"
A local and general anesthetic are used to make the process of wisdom teeth removal more pleasant and comfortable for the patient. Usually there is no pain during the process. First the gum tissue is incised to expose the tooth and then the tooth is extracted. The extraction site may then be closed with stitches that dissolve within a few days.
At what age should wisdom teeth be removed?"
Each patient is different. Generally by the mid teen years, doctors can determine the need for wisdom tooth removal. The earlier the need is determined the better. I prefer the mid to late teens. BUT AGAIN, EACH PATIENT IS DIFFERENT. Young patients heal faster and result in less long term post-operative complications.
How do I know if my wisdom teeth need to be removed?"
Regular dental checkups are the best way to know if your wisdom teeth should be removed. Other clues to help you recognize a wisdom tooth problem are pain in the back molar area of the mouth, partially visible wisdom teeth and crowded, overlapping teeth. If you have noticed any of these problems it may be time to have your wisdom teeth removed.
Must wisdom teeth always be removed?"
Frequently, the wisdom teeth are trapped below the gums causing pain and other dental problems. When the tooth only partially extends through the gums, a space is created where bacteria can grow causing infection and tooth decay. If the tooth will not erupt normally or it is trapped below the surface, it should be removed to avoid more severe problems in the future.
I have a wisdom tooth poking out of the side of my top right gum. It doesn't hurt really, but I imagine if I do not do something about it, it will cause me problems down the road?"
It depends, generally such teeth will continue to erupt into your mouth until you are biting your cheek. If the tooth is exposed in the mouth, it is in danger of decay. Such teeth are difficult to keep clean and are prone to future infection and problem. As a general rule, the younger you are, the simpler the procedure. Also, with upper teeth, eruption as you explain also makes the tooth simpler to remove. Let us know if we can help you. (801) 370-0050.
How long should I wait to have my wisdom teeth removed after having a baby?"
You should discuss this question with your OBGYN. There are no contraindications to having your wisdom teeth removed following child birth; considering that your delivery was without complications. Generally you should wait until you have healed adequately from child birth to handle an additional procedure. I would say at least 2 weeks.
I am breastfeeding, can I still have my wisdom teeth removed?"
Yes, you may still have your wisdom teeth removed while breast feeding. Many new mothers are concerned about the drugs administered during the removal of wisdom teeth and their interaction with their breast milk. This is something you should discuss with your OBGYN or Family Doctor; however, generally it is not a concern if certain precautions are made. We recommend that breast feeding mothers pump before the procedure. Following the removal of their wisdom teeth, we recommend they 'pump and discard' twice before resuming normal breast feeding. We do not recommend having your wisdom teeth removed if your baby is premature, low birth weight, or not thriving at the time of the procedure. Your baby's health come first!
I have been having low grade pressure headaches lasting about a year, My dentist says i have impacted wisdom teeth that need to be removed. Could my wisdom teeth be causing these headaches?"
Without an exam it is difficult to tell. That being said, it is not uncommon for partially erupted wisdom teeth to cause low grade pain and headaches. This may be the case with you. Call our office for a free consultation, (801) 717-1005.
I have 2-boys (16-twins) that need their wisdom teeth out. If the teeth are still impacted, not broke through, does medical insurance cover the expense? Do you accept Cigna Dental? "
Many dental insurance plans will cover the removal of impacted teeth -- infact, most do. However, at the same time, some insurance require the billing of medical insurance first. The best way to find out is to call our office and ask for a "complimentary benefits check" on your insurance. We will call your insurance company and help you filter through the insurance maze. You will know exactly what your copy will be and we will stand behind it! Oh and by the way, we are preferred providers for Cigna Dental! Give us a call, (801) 717-1005.
How long should my son wait to fly commercially after wisdom teeth extraction?"
It would probably be best to wait until your son is able to comfortably take care of his own needs. This would depend on if he is or is not taking prescription pain medication and his reaction to it. Generally, most patients are ready to fly within 3 - 4 days. It might not be the most comfortable flight; however, there are not contraindications to flying (as long as he isn't the pilot)!