Top 3 Reasons for Kids Dental Surgery


By: Main Street 


?‍? Even children are not free from dental surgery if their oral hygiene is neglected. Guide them to a healthy oral routine and this will be avoided. The Woodview Oral Surgery Team


Your child’s dental health is determined by their dental habits. It’s important for kids to learn good oral hygiene when they’re young so they can grow up with a healthy smile. If your child’s smile is neglected or isn’t well protected, they may require dental surgery to treat their pain and problems. In order to avoid that scary scenario, you must help your child develop a healthy dental hygiene routine with regular visits to a pediatric dentist.

The Trouble of Tooth Decay

Did you know that the leading cause of kids dental surgery is tooth decay? Commonly known as cavities, tooth decay can develop for a variety of reasons, but it is typically the result of improper dental hygiene or a diet deficient in nutrients. That’s why experts in family dentistry advise parents to practice these dental health guidelines at home:

  • Help with Hygiene: Make sure that your child brushes and flosses their teeth in the morning and at night before bed.
  • Say No to Nighttime Sugars: Only give your child water to drink before bed. Giving kids sugary foods and drinks before bed without brushing afterward can lead to tooth decay.
  • Switch from Sweet Bottles: Don’t fill your child’s bedtime bottle with milk or juice because these beverages are filled with sugars and acids that can stick to your child’s teeth overnight and cause them to decay. Fill their bottles with water instead. And pediatric dentist experts say that sleeping with a bottle can affect a child’s dental development, so try to wean your child off of bedtime bottles as early as you can.

The Issue of Infection

When tooth decay is left untreated, it can spread inside the tooth and cause an infection. This can be extremely dangerous for children and may require an emergency root canal. Even worse, if the infection has spread to the point that a root canal couldn’t control it, an expert in family dentistry may need to extract the tooth to prevent the infection from affecting other teeth.

The Drama of Tooth Trauma

Since so many kids play sports or are active in physical activities, it’s rather common for a pediatric dentist to treat children for tooth trauma. When the trauma is severe, it can do so much damage to the tooth that it needs to be extracted. Such extractions require kids dental surgery, which is frightening for children and parents. To prevent these scary accidents, children should wear a mouth guard when they’re playing sports or engaging in physical activity.



Gray and Black Market Dental Products: Are You at Risk?

By: Consumer Guide to Dentistry
? Have you heard about the gray and black market before? To avoid the risks and harmful effects of using these products, let us be aware of how they are made and labeled before they are sold. The Woodview Oral Surgery Team

Imagine you’re in the market for a new camera, but you’re not interested in paying top dollar. In an effort to save money, you decide to browse through one of countless stores offering “deep discount” pricing on name brand, top-of-the-line cameras. Chances are, those cameras made their way to the retailers via the “Gray Market” or, worse yet, are counterfeit or even “Black Market” products. In other words, they might not be the real deal, the warranties — if any — are questionable, and as a buyer, you’d better beware.

Unfortunately, Gray and Black Market products aren’t limited to high-priced consumer electronics. Dental materials — everything from the composites used to create minimally invasive composite bonding veneers, to the impression materials used to create molds of your teeth for precision crowns and porcelain veneers — also are being sold in unauthorized ways to unsuspecting dentists.

What are Gray Market and Black Market Dental Products?

Gray Market dental products are those sold legitimately by a manufacturer intended for export or sale elsewhere, or those that are counterfeit to look like the real deal, which makes their way back to the United States and are ultimately sold to dentists through unauthorized channels.

Black Market dental products are either stolen or otherwise transported and distributed in ways that avoid regular taxes and fees, making their way to the end user through risky and unknown supply chains.

More often than not, both types of products are outdated and expired, repackaged and relabeled. Usually, the cost for these dental products and materials is significantly less than manufacturers originally intended. However, the ultimate cost in terms of treatment longevity and patient safety could be high, according to dental material science experts.

Poor Product, Material and Treatment Performance

When Gray Market, Black Market or counterfeit dental materials are used, dentists cannot be sure how those materials will perform, or how long the restorations they’re placing will last. That’s because most Gray and Black Market products travel back and forth between multiple countries via long shipping and handling processes that subject them to harsh stress and strain that negatively impact their effectiveness.

This is particularly true for the adhesives used to secure dental restorations in place, and for the impression materials used to create molds of your teeth. Inaccurate and faulty impressions ultimately result in improper and poorly fitting restorations that could chip, fracture or result in tooth decay. However, other dental materials — such as sealants, ceramics and composites — and products sold on the Gray or Black Market also could perform poorly or below acceptable standards.

Legitimate products that are sold to dentists through the proper channels are manufactured nearby to control the materials, prevent expiration and prevent exposure to extreme temperatures that could negatively affect performance when used in dental treatments.

How Gray and Black Dental Markets Happen

Many businesses these days are trying to compete in the “global marketplace.” Unfortunately, not all countries can afford to pay the same prices for products that we pay here in the United States. As a result, many companies have different prices for their products throughout the world, and sometimes there’s quite a big difference between what consumers in one country pay for a product and what that product is sold for in another country. It’s no different with dental products and materials.

Because dental product pricing fluctuates between countries, it becomes more profitable for distribution chains to find unauthorized ways to sell the products back in the United States. The price will be lower than what U.S. dentists usually pay, but more than what overseas dentists are paying, so those unauthorized sellers make a bigger profit.

The Law Isn’t Black and White

The dental products, equipment, and materials sold and used in the United States are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure they meet appropriate standards, as well as confirm their safety and efficacy. For this reason, the FDA inspects dental manufacturing facilities to ensure compliance with federal guidelines. The FDA also must approve products, materials, and equipment before they are marketed and sold in the United States. Those approved by the FDA carry specific serial numbers on their packaging.

Gray and Black Market products making their way back into the United States typically were intended for sale in other countries and may not be approved by the FDA for use. As such, their packaging is usually altered or changed to appear consistent with other “for sale in the U.S.” products. Therefore, there’s no way to guarantee that Gray or Black Market products meet FDA standards or are FDA approved.

Experts have pointed out that while Black Market products are illegal according to the laws of most countries, the sale and purchase of products on the Gray Market approved by the FDA typically are not illegal. Again, however, because these products usually have been tampered with, it’s hard to determine if they’re the real thing.

What Can You Do?

Sometime in 2011, the FDA is expected to announce stronger rules for material and product labeling that will affect anything considered a medical device, including dental products, materials, and equipment. Such packaging will enable manufacturers and their authorized dealers to better track and identify discrepancies in the distribution chain.

Additionally, dental product manufacturers are working harder to label and package products intended for foreign countries as a completely different product or material brand. This will make it harder for unauthorized channels to reintroduce the product into the United States on the Gray Market.

That’s comforting to know. It’s also good to know that dentists are concerned with the oral health of their patients and strive to deliver the best possible care using scientifically proven materials. Reputable dentists purchase legitimate and tested products from well-known and respected manufacturers and product dealers and likely will be willing to answer your questions about the materials they use and the manufacturers from whom they’ve purchased them.

Therefore, do not be afraid to ask about the type and brand of dental products your dentist will be using for your treatment. Understanding what’s involved with your treatment will enable you to have confidence in your dentist and participate actively in the process.




A Guide to Common Dental Problems


By: Sally Solo, Real Simple


? Keep this guide to common dental problems handy so you’ll achieve the perfect smile everybody would want to see! The Woodview Oral Surgery Team


How to prevent or treat the (sometimes painful) troubles that can lurk in your mouth.


Problem: Tooth Decay

Also known as dental caries or cavities, tooth decay occurs when plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms when you eat sugars or starches, is allowed to linger on teeth for too long.

Who’s at risk: Anyone can get a cavity, but children and older people are the most prone. The incidence among children has been declining, thanks to community water fluoridation and the increased use of fluoride toothpastes, but “more than half of all children have cavities by the second grade,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report Healthy People 2010. Older adults are prone to cavities at the root because protective gum tissue often pulls away.

What to do: Don’t give plaque a chance: Brush with a fluoride toothpaste and floss every day. Children can also benefit from sealants (plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of their back teeth) as soon as their adult molars come in. Older people should be particularly vigilant: “Those who have a tendency toward dry mouth should receive regular fluoride treatments from a dentist and use a fluoride-containing mouth rinse,” says Bruce Pihlstrom, D.D.S., acting director of the Center for Clinical Research at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

Problem: Gum Disease

A bacterial infection caused by plaque that attacks the gums, bone, and ligaments that keep your teeth in place. The early stage is known as gingivitis, the advanced stage as periodontitis.

Who’s at risk: Everyone. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) estimates that half of all adults have some signs of gingivitis. Most at risk are people with poor oral hygiene; those with a systemic disease, such as diabetes, that lowers resistance to infection; and smokers. Women also have a tendency to develop gingivitis during pregnancy. Other risk factors are stress, which weakens the immune system, and genes. “Some people can have gingivitis all their lives and never progress to periodontitis,” says Bruce Pihlstrom, D.D.S., acting director of the Center for Clinical Research at the NIDCR. “It depends on a person’s susceptibility to the disease.”

What to do: See a dentist regularly, and tell her if your gums feel tender or bleed. Gingivitis can be reversed with regular brushing and flossing. To combat periodontitis, a dentist or periodontist may perform a deep cleaning around the teeth and below the gum lines and prescribe medication to combat the infection. If the disease has progressed to affect your gums and bone, your dentist might suggest surgery, such as a gum graft.

Problem: Tooth Infection

The pulp inside the tooth (which contains nerves) is damaged or becomes infected because of decay or injury. The root canal, which connects the top pulp chamber to the tip of the root, may become infected, too.

Who’s at risk: Anyone with a deep cavity or a cracked tooth, which can let in bacteria. An injured tooth can have a problem even if it’s not visibly cracked or chipped.

What to do: If you feel pain in or around a tooth, see your dentist. He may refer you to an endodontist, who specializes in root-canal procedures. In one to three visits, the dentist will perform the notorious root canal (which is much less painful than it used to be). He will remove the pulp, clean the pulp chamber and root canal, then fill the tooth. Finally, he may seal the tooth with a porcelain or gold crown.

Problem: Enamel Erosion

Exposure to acid, primarily from soda or citrus drinks, can wear down the surface of the teeth, making them rounded and discolored. Overbrushing can have a similar effect on enamel near the gum lines.

Who’s at risk: Anyone who sips lemonade, soda (even diet soda), or sports drinks all day. This is also an occupational hazard of wine professionals. “I see people with good home care who are getting cavities,” says Cindi Sherwood, a dentist in Independence, Kansas, and a spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry. “A lot of times the only risk factor we can come up with is diet soda.” Aggressive brushers may also be wearing away the enamel along with the plaque.

What to do: If necessary, teeth can be restored with bonding materials. But to prevent further damage, you have to change your habits. If soft drinks are the culprit, for example, switch to water. Second, best is to drink sodas (or sports drinks) with a full meal or sip them through a straw, then follow with a tooth brushing, sugarless gum, or a good swish of water in the mouth. If the problem is overbrushing, a soft-bristled brush or an electric toothbrush is a start. A dentist or a hygienist can demonstrate proper, gentle brushing technique.

Problem: Dry Mouth

Also known as xerostomia, dry mouth results from a decrease in the flow of saliva in the mouth. It is extremely uncomfortable and increases the chance of tooth decay since saliva helps wash away harmful bacteria.

Who’s at risk: Those who take any of 400-plus medications, including diuretics and antidepressants. “Dry mouth becomes more prominent as women get older, in their 50s and 60s,” says Sally Cram, an American Dental Association consumer adviser and a periodontist in Washington, D.C. Hormonal and metabolic changes that come with age can also change your salivary flow. Another cause is Sjogren’s syndrome, a rare disorder most common among women in their late 40s that causes a person’s immune system to attack her salivary and tear glands.

What to do: Keep sugarless gum on hand; avoid caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol; and drink plenty of water. Artificial rinses or moisturizing mouth gels can help the salivary glands function. If you suspect that you have dry mouth, see your dentist or doctor. “Anyone needing additional fluids to speak or to swallow dry foods for three months or longer should be evaluated for Sjogren’s,” says Jane Atkinson, D.D.S., deputy clinical director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). While there’s no cure, she says, “as with lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, you can manage it.”

Problem: Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

TMJ is a group of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint, just below the ears and above the jaw. Sufferers may clench or grind their teeth subconsciously, often at night.

Who’s at risk: About twice as many women as men are believed to have TMJ, most commonly during their childbearing years. People who are under a great deal of stress are also more prone to it, or a severe injury to the jaw may cause the condition. It’s usually not chronic, though it can become so. TMJ can lead to worn-down and sensitive teeth, as well as other painful symptoms, such as a sore jaw, headaches, neck aches, and earaches.

What to do: See your dentist if you feel pain when you chew, find that your jaw has limited movement, or have radiating pain in your face, neck, or shoulders. Treatment may be as simple as relaxation exercises, cold compresses, ibuprofen, and avoiding foods that require serious chewing. To train yourself to stop clenching and grinding your teeth, the Mayo Clinic recommends “resting your tongue upward with your teeth apart and your lips closed.” To stop nighttime grinding, your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard.

Oral cancer may start with a small, pale, red, painless lump on some area of the mouth. A dentist can easily screen for the disease by examining and feeling around a patient’s mouth, head, and neck.

Who’s at risk: Of the estimated 30,000 cases of oral cancer diagnosed each year in this country, about three-quarters are associated with tobacco use or tobacco in combination with heavy alcohol use. Most cases occur after age 40. Many people aren’t screened, and detection usually occurs when the cancer is at an advanced stage. That’s why the five-year survival rate is one of the lowest for all cancers.

What to do: Stop smoking, and make sure your dentist screens you every time you visit. Even people missing many or all of their teeth should see a dentist regularly to make sure their dentures fit, as chronic irritation can be a risk factor.



Cavities: How and Why Do Dentists Fix Cavities for Children?


By: 123Dentist


Kids are not safe from cavities. This condition should receive immediate treatment before it causes pain to your child. The Woodview Oral Surgery Team


Though children are using a set of teeth they will eventually lose, that set of teeth needs to survive until the adult teeth guide them out of the gums, which helps ensure the adult teeth grow in correctly and with enough room. That’s why oral hygiene is important as soon as a baby’s teeth begin to come in, and teaching oral hygiene should begin at a young age. Despite your best efforts to ensure good dental hygiene, sometimes kids end up with cavities. Cavity care for children is very similar to cavity care for adults, because preserving tooth health is the most important aspect.

Baby Teeth Get Fillings

Though baby teeth aren’t permanent, they are the only teeth your child will have for several years, until the adult teeth come in. To preserve your child’s oral health, your dentist will opt to drill out the cavities in baby teeth and fill or crown them accordingly. The primary teeth help the adult teeth to come in properly, so losing primary teeth before they’re ready to come out isn’t good for your child’s permanent teeth.

Filling for Tooth Decay

As with adult teeth, baby teeth fillings are made out of either white composite or metal. The other filling and crown materials, like gold and ceramic, are rarely as fillings for children. Metal fillings are a popular choice because they take less time to put in, and because they’re less expensive than composite fillings. Though your kid might not like the look of a metal filling, choosing a cost-effective option for a tooth that will eventually fall out is usually the smart move. Your dental insurance may also dictate what kind of fillings your child can get.

Your dentist will drill the tooth decay from your child’s baby teeth as necessary. Depending on how much damage the cavity has caused, the dentist will then fill the tooth or create a crown. Kids should continue using good oral hygiene when caring for fillings or crowns, whether those repairs have been done on baby teeth or on permanent teeth.

Decay Can Recur

Though your dentist works very hard to remove all the tooth decay, sometimes it is a recurring issue. Teeth with cavities between them, even with decay removal and fillings, have a better chance of cavity recurrence than teeth with cavities on exposed surfaces. When decay comes back, the dentist will need to replace the filling to take care of the new decay and re-fill the tooth.

Trauma and Other Issues Also Require Fillings and Crowns

Tooth decay is just one reason kids need fillings. If trauma has happened to the tooth to cause a crack, a filling is necessary as well. Other issues include incorrectly shaped teeth, underdeveloped teeth, and teeth which have chipped. Dentists often opt for crowns on both front and back teeth instead of fillings in these instances, as the crown can provide more complete correction to the damaged or misshapen tooth than a filling could.

Sometimes Extraction Is Necessary

Preserving baby teeth is an important part of dental care for children. The reason revolves around maintaining the right amount of space for the adult teeth to come in. However, sometimes your dentist will have no choice but to pull the baby tooth early. If the decay is so advanced it’s causing gum issues or pain for your child, extraction becomes the best option. Many dentists fill the gap where the extracted baby tooth was removed with a prosthetic to maintain the correct space for the adult tooth to come in.

Kids Sometimes Get Laughing Gas

When children are having cavities filled, dentists sometimes opt to use nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas. If you’ve ever experienced this gas at the dentist before, you may remember the sensation that it provides. For some children, nitrous oxide reduces anxiety and distracts them from the pain associated with both getting that Novocaine shot in the gums and getting a tooth drilled. Nitrous oxide doesn’t work for all kids, and your dentist may opt to go with an orally administered sedative, instead. And of course, as with many things, not all dentists offer nitrous oxide, so it’s best to check beforehand.

The Number of Fillings in One Sitting Depends on the Kid

When dentists fix cavities for kids, sometimes they do all the cavities at once and sometimes they do only one at a time. The reason for this has to do with the kids, not the cavities. Some children are fine sitting in the chair for long periods of time, while others are not. Dentists want the best outcome for the kid, and if that means making multiple appointments to fill cavities, then that is what will happen. Providing quality oral care to a crying child is very difficult for both the kids and the parents.

If you’re anxious about your child’s first filling, our dentists will put you at ease. We develop a treatment plan that is right for you and your child, with an aim to preserve the baby teeth until the adult teeth come in. The most important thing you can do as a parent is to keep teaching your kids about proper oral hygiene and continue scheduling regular professional teeth cleanings to minimize fillings and more invasive care.


Is Dental Sedation Safe For Kids?

By: Jenny Green, Colgate


?‍?  Parents also play an important role during the dental sedation procedure. Prepare your child and follow the guidelines to gain positive results. The Woodview Oral Surgery Team


Safety is parents’ top consideration when it comes to their child receiving dental sedation. Dentists may recommend sedation for long, complex procedures and for patients who are especially young or nervous. Sedating a patient is normally a very safe procedure, and parents can help reduce the risks and stress level for their child before, during and after the treatment.

Types of Sedation

Oral sedation, nitrous oxide and intravenous sedation are the major types of sedation dentists provide. According to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, oral sedation is taken by mouth or through the nose as soon as the patient arrives at the appointment, as the medicine usually takes up to 20 minutes to work. Oral sedation doesn’t put patients to sleep, but it helps them stay calm and relaxed.

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, also helps children remain calm. A mask delivers a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, and within five minutes, the patient relaxes and experiences euphoric feelings. At the end of the procedure, pure oxygen is given to the patient to clear out any remaining nitrous oxide.

Intravenous sedation is delivered through a needle inserted into the patient’s vein. The American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists explains that nitrous oxide is used to send the child to sleep before a needle is inserted, usually into a vein on the back of the child’s hand. A tube is also inserted into the patient’s throat to aid breathing.

Before Sedation

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises parents that children tolerate sedation and other dental procedures best if the parents understand what is happening and help prepare the child. Parents must restrict food and drink before sedation, and it’s especially important that parents follow these guidelines closely for key safety reasons, as sedation poses the risk of stomach contents being vomited and inhaled into the lungs. Dressing the child in loose-fitting clothing also helps because it allows dental assistants to attach monitors quickly and without fuss. Parents must provide a full medical history and tell the dentist if the child is receiving any prescriptions, over-the-counter medication or herbal supplements.

At the Dentist’s Office

Parents can help their children stay relaxed by being calm and encouraging, according to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Try bringing along a comfort item for the kid to hold, such as a favorite toy or stuffed animal. Holding the child’s hand and talking or singing gently are other good comfort tactics. Parents should also avoid bringing other children to the appointment so that they can focus their full attention on the child receiving care.

Safety Checks

For dentists, ensuring the patient’s safety is paramount during dental sedation. While sedated, the patient’s blood oxygen level, blood pressure, temperature and heart rate are closely monitored. A patient who requires general anesthesia may be referred to the dental hospital, such as that at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

After Sedation

At the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, parents are usually asked to be present while their child wakes up after sedation. The child may be confused or fussy and may feel nauseous. Two adults should accompany the child or teen on the way home — one to drive and one to check the child’s breathing. Longer-lasting aftereffects of sedation include loss of physical coordination, dizziness, sleepiness and nausea, so going back to school or daycare is definitely not an option on the day of the procedure.

For the first few hours after the procedure, parents should give the child only soft foods. If the child experiences vomiting, severe pain, severe bleeding or fever, parents should contact the dentist immediately. When the mouth has healed, the child may continue caring for his teeth as normal, brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, such as Colgate® Kids 2in1.

Dental sedation is a safe and fuss-free procedure with the right preparation and proper care after it’s over. By communicating clearly with your child’s dentist, you’ll provide the best possible experience for your child.



Dental Implant Process Take Time

By: Prestige Oral Surgery


? If a dental implant is your best tooth replacement option, the length of this procedure depends on your oral health. But one thing is for sure, results can last a lifetime! The Woodview Oral Surgery Team

Dental implants are, bar none, the best tooth replacement option available. Dental implants are natural looking, allow you to eat your favorite foods, require no special care and can last a lifetime. But they do have one limitation. The dental implant process can take time. How long it takes depends on your oral health.

Immediate Placement
If you are having a tooth extracted, it is often possible to place the dental implant immediately after the extraction if you have good oral health and bone density.

Osseointergration: Three To Six Months
Dental implants work just like natural teeth because they are integrated into your jawbone, just like natural teeth. To ensure the survival of your dental implants and their proper function, you normally have to wait for this integration to occur before we can place the final restoration on top of the implant. For some people, this may take as little as three months, but it usually takes about six months.

Bone Graft: Three To Four Months
Sometimes periodontal disease destroys so much bone around your teeth that it is impossible to place a dental implant without first restoring the bone. In a bone graft procedure, bone or bone-like material is placed at the site where you are going to have your dental implants, and then has to integrate with your own bone. The length of time necessary for this step depends on how much bone was lost and how quickly your bone heals, but it typically takes at three to four months.

Periodontal Disease
If you do not have good oral health at the time you are looking to get your dental implants, the procedure may take longer. Periodontal disease can cause your dental implants to fail, so it is important to get it treated before we place your dental implants. How long periodontal disease treatment takes depends on how serious your periodontal disease is, how well you follow home care instructions, and other factors that can be hard to predict.

Results Can Last A Lifetime 
The dental implant procedure may be completed in a day, or it may take a year or more to complete. The good news is that, no matter how long your procedure takes, dental implants have been proven to last several decades.



Wisdom Teeth Removal: What Adults Should Expect


By: WebMD


? Knowing the things you should expect from your tooth extraction procedure is one effective way to get prepared. Each step matters to achieve a better dental experience! Read more about what to expect! The Woodview Oral Surgery Team

Your dentist says it’s time to remove your wisdom teeth. He may refer you to an oral surgeon, who will do the procedure in his office. It should only take a few days for you to heal and feel back to normal.

Why Take Them Out?


Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars in the back of your mouth. They usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25, and they’re spotted on X-rays. Most people have them removed for one of these reasons:

  • They’re impacted. Because they’re so far back in your mouth, wisdom teeth may not come in normally. They can be trapped in your jawbone or gums, which can be painful.
  • They come in at the wrong angle. They may press against your other teeth.
  • Your mouth isn’t big enough. Your jaw has no room for an extra set of molars.
  • You have cavities or gum disease. You may not be able to reach your wisdom teeth with your toothbrush or dental floss.

Before Surgery

  • wisdom teeth with your toothbrush or dental floss.

Before Surgery

You’ll meet with the oral surgeon to talk about the process. At this appointment, make sure you:

  • Talk about any health problems you have.
  • List any drugs you take on a regular basis.
  • Ask any questions you have about the surgery.
  • Discuss what type of anesthesia you’ll have. You can either be numb or asleep during your surgery.
  • Plan time off from work or school to have your surgery and rest afterward at home. Set up child care, pet care, or a ride home if needed.

During Surgery

Your surgery should take 45 minutes or less.

You’ll get one of these types of anesthesia so you don’t feel pain during the removal:

  • Local: Your doctor will numb your mouth with a shot of Novocaine in your gums.You may also breathe nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to relax or even doze during surgery. You should feel alert again shortly afterward.
  • IV sedation: The surgeon will numb your mouth and also give you drugs through a vein in your arm to make you drowsy. You might sleepduring the whole procedure.
  • General: You’ll either get drugs through a vein or breathe gas in through a mask. You’ll be asleep the whole time and might not wake up for an hour or so after the surgery.

Your doctor may have to cut your gums or bone to get the teeth out. If so, he’ll stitch the wounds shut so they heal quickly. These stitches usually dissolve after a few days. He may also stuff gauze pads in your mouth to soak up some of the blood.



Soda After Wisdom Teeth Removal

By: Brynne Chandler, Livestrong


? Diarrhea may occur after the wisdom tooth extraction, however, this is preventable. Check out these foods recommended to manage this condition. The Woodview Oral Surgery Team

Wisdom teeth, which are also called third molars, generally grow in at the very back of your mouth when you are between the ages of 15 and 25. According to the researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center, most peoples’ mouths are too small to fit four extra teeth. This can cause crowding, pain, infection, and swelling, leading most dentists to extract wisdom teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is minor surgery and requires careful aftercare for proper healing. Drinking carbonated soda just after having your wisdom teeth pulled can lead to problems.


The first carbonated sodas were made from naturally carbonated water. In 1772, British scientist Joseph Priestly dripped sulfuric acid onto chalk. The result was carbon dioxide, which makes the bubbles in your soda. Most sodas also contain large amounts of sugar, which can lead to tooth decay, and sodium, which is very drying to the tissues inside of your mouth.


Wisdom tooth extraction is usually performed under a general anesthetic, though many dentists and oral surgeons offer conscious sedation. This means that you can’t feel anything, but are still awake. Wisdom teeth that have already erupted through your gums are pulled out with dental pliers, while extracting them before they erupt may involve cutting open your gum tissue to free the tooth. Either way, the entire tooth is removed, leaving an empty socket.


The University of Oregon Health Center advises that you keep a gentle pressure on the gauze that will be packed into your tooth socket to control bleeding so that the socket can form a clot. Avoid brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth out for at least 24 hours after the extraction, and avoid very hot or cold drinks–including sodas–and solid foods. The Consumer Guide to Dentistry recommends that you avoid soft drinks because the bubbles caused by the carbonation can dislodge the blood clot that needs to form in order for the tooth socket to heal.


Drinking through a straw may seem like a good idea after tooth extraction, but the suction needed to draw the liquid up through the straw can dislodge blood clots. Drinking soda through a straw will also not reduce the amount of bubbles, or keep them away from the extraction sites.


Dislodging a blood clot before it forms completely causes alveolar osteitis, or dry socket. The absence of the blood clot before the bone and gum tissue has a chance to heal and replace it exposes your bone to the air, and to anything that you put into your mouth. The pain this causes is too severe to be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers and requires medical attention from your doctor or oral surgeon.