Wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most common types of oral surgery. While some people do not experience any problems with their third molars, most patients do not have enough room in their mouths to accommodate these teeth. Fortunately, Dr. Timothy J. Hacker offers precise, gentle wisdom teeth removal at his Memphis, TN, practice. Recognizing that the idea of extraction can be off-putting for some, he offers thorough patient education and complete post-operative care. With his extensive experience in this field, he will take measures to ensure your comfort before, during, and after extraction.

Do You or Your Teen Require Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

Dr. Hacker is conservative and straightforward in his treatment recommendations, so he will never suggest wisdom tooth extraction unless it is absolutely necessary. Nevertheless, for most patients, wisdom teeth can cause severe crowding as they erupt. In many cases, they can also come in at an angle, or they may become impacted, a condition which occurs when a tooth is not able to break through the surrounding bone or gum tissue. As a result, bacteria can easily become trapped and you could experience significant discomfort.

Our in-depth instructions on extraction aftercare can minimize discomfort, speed healing, and reduce your already low risk for complications.

Dr. Hacker recommends removing wisdom teeth early on before your child experiences these complications. By monitoring dental development during routine exams, he can determine whether your child or teen will benefit from extraction.

The Extraction Process

Wisdom tooth extraction techniques can vary, depending on the positions of your teeth and the complexity of your case. In simple instances, Dr. Hacker will merely loosen your teeth before lifting them from the socket. However, in more complex cases, he may need to remove a tooth in several pieces. In this way, he can reduce inflammation and the impact on the surrounding tissues. If you have an impacted tooth, Dr. Hacker will need to remove some bone or gum tissue before he can extract the molar.

Regardless of the exact process, Dr. Hacker will work carefully to reduce your discomfort. He offers several types of sedation, including nitrous oxide, intravenous (IV) sedation, and oral conscious sedation. He will also keep you up-to-date about every step of your extraction, and he will provide detailed treatment guidelines. In this way, he can ensure your comfort and peace of mind throughout the process.

Aftercare and Recovery

Immediately after your procedure, Dr. Hacker will place a piece of gauze over the extraction site. Typically, you will need to leave it in place for about 30 minutes, but he will advise you about exactly when to remove it. You can expect to experience some swelling and inflammation for several days. Ice packs and non-prescription pain medications can help to reduce this discomfort. You will also need to eat a soft diet and brush carefully around the extraction sites. In addition, you should avoid strenuous physical activity, smoking, and drinking through a straw for a few days, as this can cause the incision sites to re-open. Dr. Hacker’s in-depth instructions can minimize discomfort, speed healing, and reduce your already low risk for complications.