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wisdom teeth

Do I have “dry sockets”?

If you look into the site where the tooth was pulled, you’ll probably see a dry-looking opening. Instead of a dark blood clot, there will just be whitish bone. The pain typically starts about 2 days after the tooth was pulled. Over time it becomes more severe and can radiate to your ear.

Other symptoms of dry socket include bad breath and an unpleasant smell and taste in your mouth.

Wisdom teeth removal

Typically wisdom teeth should be extracted between the ages of 16-19. Wisdom teeth decay easily because they can become hard to clean. Crowding can cause structural damage to your bite causing pain and an unsightful smile. Wisdom teeth often need to be extracted prior to orthodontic treatment. Impacted teeth have increased pathologic risk of cysts and tumors.

Getting your wisdom teeth extracted is nothing to worry about. The procedure varies in time from 45 minutes to an hour. We use local anesthetic so you will be completely numb and comfortable. Conscious sedation is an option, please call us for details. Make sure that you eat before your procedure and bring a friend or family member to drive you home. Check out our “form page” for care instructions after your extractions!

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