Re: Wisdom Tooth Removal after Age 40
I am over 40 and last august had the bottom right wisdom tooth pulled and in October had the top two wisdom teeth pulled along with an implant placed. The wisdom tooth i had pulled in august was done with a local. The roots were all combined and shaped like the letter J. The oral surgeon did it and got it out in one piece. No stitches. I developed dry socket a few days later. Not horrific but lasted about a week. My fault I smoke. Now that hole is just about gone. There was no pain after that one, maybe some advil for a day or two.
In october the upper two wisdom teeth were pulled and I had a dental implant in another area. I was put under for this procedure and glad for that. No dry sockets, normal healing and no major pain at all. Again the oral surgeon did the procedure. I had stitches where the upper wisdom teeth were that disolved in a few days.
There are dimples in my gums where these teeth were but they seem to be getting smaller as time goes by.
So all in all i was glad i got it done. The wisdom teeth were starting to bother me and I needed a dental implant too. So i got it done all at once.
I healed fine. I had no pain and did not need to take the vicodins prescribed to me.
You bite on a gauze for an hour and if still bleeding many hours later, you can bite on a wet teabag, the oral surgeon told me i could do this when he called me in the evening to check on me. I did it and it worked. Note that these extraction sites will "weep" blood for a bit of time, not to worry, the blood mixing with saliva makes it look worse than it actually is.
After 24 hours you can rinse with salt water and about a week later you can use the little syringes they give you to rinse out the sockets.
It seems like a lot of folks worry about extractions but really everything they go through is pretty standard.