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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Wisdom Tooth Extraction (Definition)

This simply means removal of the wisdom teeth which are the third (and sometimes fourth molars). Molars are the bigger teeth toward the back of your mouth, and we count them ...Read more


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Ho long do I need to wait to be able to brush my teeth after having 1 wisdom tooth extraction?

Ho long do I need to wait to be able to brush my teeth after having 1 wisdom tooth extraction?

Brush all your teeth: I advise my patients to brush all of their teeth like they normally do, or are supposed to following surgery. They are advised to avoid brushing over the surgical sites the day of surgery, begin brushing lightly over the surgical sites the next day (after 24 hours) and then brush as usual on the second postoperative day (after 48 hours). They are also advised to avoid spitting the first 24 hrs. ...Read more

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Is there any reason why the health care agents will inject any liquid into the incisive foramen for #1 wisdom tooth extraction?

Is there any reason why the health care agents will inject any liquid into the incisive foramen for #1 wisdom tooth extraction?

Ask the practioner: Local anesthesia may be injected into the incisive foramen to numb the upper front teeth and palate in that area, along with infiltration on the facial aspect. Personally, I see no reason why someone would do that for the removal of a wisdom tooth. If that was done, and you want to know why, I suggest that you ask the dentist. ...Read more

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Can I get just local anesthesia for my one upper wisdom tooth extraction? It's horizontal, impacted, but I absolutely do not want to be put to sleep.

Can I get just local anesthesia for my one upper wisdom tooth extraction? It's horizontal, impacted, but I absolutely do not want to be put to sleep.

Local Anesthesia: Many people have gotten their wisdom teeth removed with just local anesthesia. I'm sure you'll get through the procedure just fine. ...Read more

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One day after wisdom tooth extraction do I still have to bite down on the gauze?

One day after wisdom tooth extraction do I still have to bite down on the gauze?

After extraction: Generally, one needs to bite on gauze to control the bleeding and aid in the formation of a blood clot for the first 1-2 hours after extractions. If you have continued bleeding or any other problems or specific questions, you should call the dentist who treated you. ...Read more

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Still having jaw pain more than one month after wisdom tooth extraction, help?

Still having jaw pain more than one month after wisdom tooth extraction, help?

Something's wrong: Something's wrong but I cannot know what without examining you in person. You will have to return to the dentist who extracted your tooth to evaluate what the problem is. It may well be something unrelated to the extraction. Only a one on one clinical exam and x-rays can determine that. ...Read more

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Why are must one avoid alcohol after wisdom tooth extraction?

Why are must one avoid alcohol after wisdom tooth extraction?

Complications: Continued bleeding is a major complication after wisdom tooth extractions. By alcohol usage, you are increasing this risk of continued bleeding and not being able to get a good clot formation for healing. ...Read more

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Is pain one month after impacted wisdom tooth extraction? Oral surgeon said it might be tmj but said there is nothing they can do for that

Is pain one month after impacted wisdom tooth extraction? Oral surgeon said it might be tmj but said there is nothing they can do for that

Post-ext pain: If your Oral Surgeon feels your post-Rx pain is joint related, treatment IS available. Ask your Dentist for guidance. ...Read more

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I have a lightly painful lump in my cheek after one week from wisdom tooth extraction. Had significant swelling and external bruising. Tooth was high and in bone. No signs of infection. Healing well overall. Size has been consistent whole week.?

I have a lightly painful lump in my cheek after one week from wisdom tooth extraction. Had significant swelling and external bruising. Tooth was high and in bone. No signs of infection. Healing well overall. Size has been consistent whole week.?

Questions: Not unusual. May take months to resolve. To be sure, make an appointment with the Surgeon who removed the tooth for a post-surgical examination. Take along a written list of all your questions. That way the Surgeon can address all your concerns. ...Read more

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Why is there a hole in my wisdom tooth extraction site one week after procedure?

Why is there a hole in my wisdom tooth extraction site one week after procedure?

Quite Common: Sockets from wisdom teeth extractions heal from the inside out so it is quite common for there to be a 'hole' one week post extraction. Often times the lower wisdom teeth sockets have to be washed out to remove any debris about a week after the extraction. If the area is hurting or swollen I would recommend contacting your dentist and ask if a post-op check is indicated. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are a few things one should know after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Could you tell me what are a few things one should know after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Many things: A few of the many important things to know following wisdom teeth extraction are:

1. Smoking can inhibit the healing and lead to 'dry socket'

2. There is often increasing swelling of the surgical area for 3 days

3. It is best not to rinse much for the first 24 hours. ...Read more

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Wisdom tooth extraction site really red on one side after 2 weeks. What should I do?

Wisdom tooth extraction site really red on one side after 2 weeks. What should I do?

Call oral surgeon: After two weeks, the area should pretty much be healed. Something seems amiss. Let the surgeon evaluate the soft tissue. ...Read more

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About how much would it cost w/out insurance for a single wisdom tooth extraction? I only have one, slightly impacted, and hasn't come out of gum.

About how much would it cost w/out insurance for a single wisdom tooth extraction? I only have one, slightly impacted, and hasn't come out of gum.

Varies greatly: If fairly easy with local anesthetic in a lower fee location, possibly $150 or somewhat less, but if difficult, with general anesthesia, at an expensive location, much more $. Possibly a dental school may be an option for you. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to eat solid foods after a wisdom tooth extraction? I had one yesterday.

48-72 hours: Wisdom teeth extraction limits your diet the most during the first 48 hours after surgery. After the first couple of days, you can begin to eat solid food. Take care. ...Read more

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How long after wisdom tooth extraction am I at risk for dry socket? I had all 4 pulled, at least 2 were impacted, and one was near the sinus.???

How long after wisdom tooth extraction am I at risk for dry socket? I had all 4 pulled, at least 2 were impacted, and one was near the sinus.???

Typically, symptoms for a dry socket develop 2 to 4 days after a tooth extraction.: Dry socket is more common in people with diabetes, smokers and women who take birth Control pills. The pain typically starts about 2 days after the tooth was pulled. Over time it becomes more severe and can radiate to your ear. Pain is associated with malodor and bad taste.Your dentist will clean the tooth socket, removing any debris from the hole, and then fill the socket with a medicated dressing. ...Read more

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What type of dentist is best suited for wisdom tooth extraction? I have one upper right, horizontally impacted (i don't want to be put to sleep).

What type of dentist is best suited for wisdom tooth extraction? I have one upper right, horizontally impacted (i don't want to be put to sleep).

Wisdom teeth: An oral surgeon or an experienced dentist can help. The method of anesthesia that is chosen depends upon various factors. Some patients elect to have the wisdom tooth removed by local anesthetic, but nitrous oxide sedation and intravenous anesthesia are commonly administered. Your dentist will provide you with instructions for before and after the procedure. ...Read more

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I got my wisdom tooth extraction one hour ago, and may I know if I can rinse my mouth now?

I got my wisdom tooth extraction one hour ago, and may I know if I can rinse my mouth now?

No!: Generally speaking we like to wait 24 hours before rinsing to allow a good blood clot to form. After that, continue to rinse, brush, and floss GENTLY for at least the next few days. Your own dentist should have provided you oral and/or written instructions. Follow those instructions and call that office if you still have questions. ...Read more

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What is the cause of an asymmetrical smile after wisdom tooth extraction? Like muscle on one side of face are weak. Procedure done 2 months ago.

What is the cause of an asymmetrical smile after wisdom tooth extraction? Like muscle on one side of face are weak. Procedure done 2 months ago.

See dentist: What you described suggests damage to a nerve. You should consult your dentist for an evaluation and if that does not satisfy you may need to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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After 6 days one of my disssovable stitches fel out of my wisdom tooth extraction. Now every time I swallow I feel a flap of gum move. Should I worry?

After 6 days one of my disssovable stitches fel out of my wisdom tooth extraction. Now every time I swallow I feel a flap of gum move. Should I worry?

Go back to surgeon: Stiches can come out anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, especially if they are dissolvable. I would not worry too much, but you should go back to your surgeon to make sure he is comfortable with the way the surgical site is healing. ...Read more

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Could wisdom tooth extraction hurt?

Could wisdom tooth extraction hurt?

Painless: Having a wisdom tooth pulled is sometimes necessary. Before extraction, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If you are anxious, your dentist may use IV sedation that will prevent pain completely and make you sleep through the procedure. Anesthesia is the key. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is a wisdom tooth extraction required?

Is a wisdom tooth extraction required?

Wisdom tooth: Not based on what you have told us. Why do you ask? Discuss with your dentist. ...Read more

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Could wisdom tooth extraction hurt a lot?

Could wisdom tooth extraction hurt a lot?

Wisdom Teeth: Everyone has a different experience, and it's difficult to generalize. Pain is also very subjective and variable from person to person. I encourage you to have a thorough discussion with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon who will alleviate any anxiety about the procedure you may have. The majority of patients get through the procedure just fine. Stay positive. ...Read more

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How much is wisdom tooth extraction cost?

How much is wisdom tooth extraction cost?

Variable: Depends on the complexity of the procedure, experience of the surgeon, and choice of anesthesia. ...Read more

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Safety of partial wisdom tooth extraction?

Depends what's left: If only some wisdom teeth and not others were extracted often safe, if only part of the tooth is removed it's probably not so safe. ...Read more

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Can I eat before a wisdom tooth extraction?

Can I eat before a wisdom tooth extraction?

For local only: If your surgeon is using local anesthetic only, then yes. If he/she is using sedation you will want to check with them as there will be restrictions. ...Read more

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What should wisdom tooth extraction cost about?

What should wisdom tooth extraction cost about?

Varies by specialist: The cost of having your wisdom tooth extracted will vary by specialist, zip code and type of anesthesia used. It could start at $180.00 and up. ...Read more

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How do I save myself from wisdom tooth extraction?

How do I save myself from wisdom tooth extraction?

It's not that easy: You have no control over your tooth size, jaw size and growth of 3rd. Molars. They are the cards in life you have been delt.
If the teeth erupt and you can clean them, you may be able to keep them a lifetime. But if they are unable to come up or only come up part way, they cause big trouble, painful infections and trouble for the tooth next to them. You could loose multiple teeth. ...Read more

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What should I eat after a wisdom tooth extraction?

What should I eat after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Usually anything: Usually there are no restrictions other than really hot foods while your mouth is numb and anything that you have to suck through a straw because using a straw could lead to loss of clot and then a dry socket. I also tell people to avoid chips, nachos, etc so they don't cut the extraction site/clot. ...Read more

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Would I be okay during my wisdom tooth extraction?

Would I be okay during my wisdom tooth extraction?

Be okay how?: If you have a specific health concern regarding getting an extraction - please clarify ; re-ask question. ...Read more

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I'm nervous for wisdom tooth extraction, should I be?

I'm nervous for wisdom tooth extraction, should I be?

Perfectly Normal: It's normal to be concerned... After all, it is a minor surgical procedure... Then again, your oral surgeon has done this thousands of times... You're not his first patient! Express your concerns to the surgeon; I'm sure after explaining the procedure again, you will be more at ease. ...Read more

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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

Tooth extraction means removing an entire tooth or teeth from the jawbone. ...Read more