Your dental professional will take x-rays before your wisdom tooth removal to identify the location of the tooth or teeth to be removed. Wisdom teeth fall into four categories based on how they are positioned in the mouth:
- Full-Bony Impacted: This type of wisdom tooth removal is the most difficult because the wisdom tooth is completely stuck in the jaw.
- Partial-Bony Impacted: In this case, wisdom tooth removal involves extracting a tooth that is partly stuck in the jaw.
- Soft-Tissue Impacted: This type of wisdom tooth removal is less complicated because the tooth is just stuck under the gum.
- Erupted: This type of wisdom tooth removal is the simplest because the tooth has already appeared in the mouth. (1)
Oral Care after Wisdom Tooth Removal
After your wisdom tooth removal, keep these tips in mind to manage some common discomforts:
- Bleeding: If you experience bleeding after wisdom tooth removal, apply a moist gauze pad to the area and bite down to keep pressure on it for about 45 minutes. If bleeding persists, contact your dental professional.
- Swelling: To relieve swelling after tooth removal, place an ice pack on the outside of your cheek near the affected area. Hold the ice in place for 10 minutes, followed by 20 minutes with no ice. Repeat this cycle as often as you want during the first 24 hours after wisdom tooth removal. (2)