February 5, 2016

February 9 is National Toothache Day, but we do not want you to mark the occasion with pain and discomfort. If you are having problems with your wisdom teeth in Salinas, CA, we want to help you understand your options for treatment. An oral surgeon can provide the care you need to address your wisdom teeth for overall dental health.


In the Beginning

When we have determined that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, we explain how to prepare for the extraction, what is involved, and how to recover. The type of procedure depends on your wisdom teeth. If they have erupted but are overcrowding your mouth, we may opt to extract them as we would any other tooth. If your teeth are infected, impacted, or only partially erupted, we may need to perform more extensive surgery that can involve cutting a flap in the gum or removing a portion of bone to remove the affected molar. We may use local, IV, or general anesthesia, or even a combination of any of these options to keep you comfortable and calm during the procedure.


Happily Ever After

After the removal of your wisdom teeth in Salinas, CA, you may experience some bleeding and discomfort. We recommend you take pain medication as prescribed and use ice packs for the first 24 hours to reduce the swelling. Be sure to drink plenty of water, but avoid soda or hot beverages. Also, you may be tempted to use a straw, but we prefer that you do not because that may result in the dreaded dry socket. We will provide you with additional information about aftercare at your appointment.


We want your wisdom tooth extraction to be as painless as possible, even on National Toothache Day. Dr. Andres Herrera has over twenty years of experience as an oral surgeon and uses the latest techniques to care for your oral health. Call our office at (831) 269-3535 if you are a new patient or (831) 424-7393 if you are a current patient, and we will help you with your questions.



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