Gentle Dental at Gratiot Avenue
11180 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, MI 48213

What to Do for Impacted Wisdom Teeth

dca-blog_tooth-extraction-wisdom-teeth

Many people talk about wisdom teeth, but few really understand them. These teeth are your third molars and they typically emerge by age 25 or sometimes not at all. But these teeth can be problematic because they are prone to decay and improper placement, or may even get stuck in the gums and become impacted wisdom teeth. To avoid later wisdom teeth pain and problems, you can have a simple outpatient procedure where a dentist or oral surgeon extracts them with ease.

Getting Ready for Wisdom Teeth Removal

Only a dentist or oral surgeon can tell whether you have impacted wisdom teeth and require wisdom teeth removal. An x-ray will be taken to provide a precise look at your wisdom teeth and help the dentist determine the proper treatment. If surgery is recommended, you will be given preparation instructions much like these:

  • Share your complete medical and dental history, along with all medications and supplements you take.
  • Because you will be given anesthesia during surgery to remove your impacted wisdom teeth, you will be advised on how to prepare yourself.
  • Notify your dentist if you are sick immediately before the procedure because it might need to be delayed.
  • Do not eat or drink anything for eight hours before the surgery.
  • Arrange for transportation and help at home for the day of your surgery.
  • Be sure to follow all post-surgery instructions to ensure healthy healing.
  • Do not smoke on the day of wisdom teeth removal because this increases your risk of complications.

What You Can Expect

You will have one of two main types of extractions. In a simple extraction, a general dentist simply loosens the tooth from the gum and takes it out.  Surgical extraction is more complex, and involves either an oral surgeon or dentist making an incision in the gum or cutting away the bone to remove the tooth. You will be given anesthesia for both procedures to numb your mouth and help you relax. Once impacted wisdom teeth have been extracted, you will need to bite down on a piece of gauze to allow a blood clot to form over the removal site. This will protect the area and allow it to heal. It is of vital importance to not disturb the blood clot while you recover to avoid any complications.

Recovery Guidelines

Your dentist or oral surgeon will provide you with complete instructions for recovery from your surgery, which must be followed while you convalesce at home. It’s normal to feel some wisdom teeth pain for a few days following the extraction. The degree of discomfort will depend on the difficulty of your wisdom teeth removal. Keep in mind that most wisdom teeth pain subsides in a few days, but healing takes at least two weeks. To aid your recovery, most dentists recommend these helpful hints:

  • Use over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication as directed by your dentist.
  • Apply ice packs to your face to reduce any swelling, for 20 minutes at a time.
  • The day after surgery, you can begin gently rinsing your mouth with warm salt water a few times a day to clean the area and prevent infection.
  • Opt for soft foods the first few days after wisdom teeth removal. Gradually try other foods as you feel comfortable.
  • Once the swelling subsides, soothe a sore jaw with warm compresses.
  • Do not use a straw, smoke, or spit after surgery because this can dislodge the protective blood clot.
  • Call your dentist at once if you experience severe swelling, chills, fever, or redness, as this may signal a complication that needs to be treated.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in East Detroit, call Gentle Dental at Gratiot Avenue today at (313) 925-3090 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in East Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Gratiot Avenue, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental at Gratiot Avenue.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Yes I would recommend this dentist office to my family and friends thank you for your good service.
Elliott A.
They make you feel like family…very professional
Caryn B.
Great service
Jazmyn C.
Because of how they work with you on payment plans. . Been using this office since I was a child. Great dentist with a great staff.
Carla M.
Because the dentist is very good and knowledgeable.
Jerry G.
Everyone was friendly and caring and very helpful it’s clean respectful
Shamyra G.
Friendly staff very helpful
Crystal C.
Timing was quick and the people was so nice. I can’t wait to go again
Sharnee M.
This is the best dentist ever !!!!! They really were gentle and not expensive at all ….
D E.
Did a walk-in appointment at this dental office and was amazed about how fast and efficient my visit was! Ive always been a bit wary about dental visits, but thanks to the amazing work from Dr.Z and […]
Jessica P.
Very friendly and professional office. Dr. Ziyadeh is one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. I would recommend anyone to take a chance and experience what good service consist of.
La R.
Give you guys a thumbs up ! You the best !!
Rush H.
I love the staff they are really friendly and concern about your care.
Brianna T.
I am the guardian for Marcus Hinton. I had my dentures repaired at your office and was impressed at number of little children you served. Most skipped happily inside for their procedure and skipped […]
Marcus H.
You guys were awesome
Eijah F.
Dr Z is awesome. The staff is friendly yet professional.
Deana C.
There isn’t a long wait, I like that they have security. The staff is very polite and the office is very clean. Parking is ok.
Shay T.
Fast friendly help me out with a lot
Shamika S.
I’ve been taking my kids to this dentist since their very first dental visits. They’re usually out in an hr and a half tops! The staff are normally pleasant. The kids love it and they make them […]
AunDree E.
Friendly, great environment, and knowledgeable people
Ebony W.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (313) 925-3090
Our Location