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Kansas City Dentist, Dentist in Kansas City, MO

Plaza Dental Care

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Family, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Dentistry

460 Nichols Road
Kansas City, MO


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Before removing a tooth, Dr. Williams will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area. A general anesthetic may be used, especially if multiple teeth will be extracted at the same time. A general anesthetic prevents pain in the whole body and will make you groggy or even sleep through the procedure. Dr. Williams will probably recommend that you do not eat or drink after midnight on the night before surgery to ensure you are prepared for the anesthesia.

To extract an impacted wisdom tooth which is below the gum line or only partially erupted, Dr. Williams will make a small incision in the gum tissue covering the tooth and remove any bone that is covering the tooth. Dr. Williams may cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove.

After the wisdom tooth is removed, you may need a few stitches if it was impacted. Some stitches dissolve naturally and some have to be removed by Dr. Williams a few days later. Dr. Williams will tell you whether your stitches will need to be removed.

What To Expect After Surgery

In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. You may take painkillers as prescribed by Dr. Williams. The following tips will help speed your recovery:

  • Bite gently on a cotton gauze pad periodically following the extraction. Call Dr. Williams if you still have bleeding 24 hours after your surgery.
    While your mouth is numb, be careful not to bite the inside of your cheek, lip, or tongue.
  • Do not lie flat which may prolong bleeding. Prop up your head with pillows.
  • You may use an ice pack on the outside of your cheek for the first 24 hours. You can use moist heat, such as a washcloth soaked in warm water for the following 2 or 3 days.
  • Relax after surgery as physical activity may increase bleeding.
    Eat soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding, or soup. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.
  • Do not use a straw for the first few days. Sucking on a straw can loosen the blood clot and delay healing.
  • After the first day, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
  • Do not smoke for at least 24 hours after your surgery. The sucking motion can loosen the clot and delay healing. In addition, smoking decreases the blood supply and can bring germs and contaminants to the surgery area.
    Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue or touching it with your fingers.
  • Continue to brush your teeth and tongue carefully.
    Dr. Williams will remove the stitches after a few days, if needed.

Why Some Wisdom Teeth Should Be Extracted

Dr. Williams may recommend that a wisdom tooth be extracted to correct a problem or to prevent problems that may occur in the future. When wisdom teeth grow, a number of problems may develop.

If your jaw is not large enough to accommodate 1 or more of your wisdom teeth, the teeth remain impacted and unable to break through your gums.
Or a wisdom tooth may erupt partially through your gum tissue, leaving a flap of gum tissue covering part of the tooth. Food and bacteria become trapped under the flap and cause decay or your gums to become red, swollen, and painful . More serious problems can develop from impacted teeth, such as infection, damage to other teeth and bone, or the development of a cyst. Often wisdom teeth erupt at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or sideways making it difficult to clean with a tooth brush and nonfunctioning for chewing.

We proudly offer extractions at our convenient location in Kansas City, MO. If you have a toothache or pain in any of your teeth, a tooth extraction and a dental implant or bridge may be an option.