Wisdom Teeth Extraction Timeline

wisdom teeth recovery timeline

Following wisdom teeth extraction it can take up to six weeks for the bone and gum tissue to heal.  The time varies on whether the wisdom teeth were impacted in gum or bone.

Always take into consideration that not everyone’s wisdom teeth recovery timeline will be the same.  Teeth that are more deeply impacted may require more healing time.  The healing process begins once a blood clot forms.   The gum tissue should be sutured near the extraction site for this to occur. Most patients find that the gum tissue heals itself to the point where it isn’t bothersome within a three week time period.  Pain isn’t apparent as much and dissapates after a couple of days.  If the surgery is more extensive then the pain can linger on.  

Here are some tips to increase your wisdom teeth recovery timeline:

  • Don’t use an electric toothbrush

  • Don’t smoke or use chewing tosbacco

  • Don’t drink with a straw

  • Don’t eat or avoid foods that are hard or have small seeds in them

  • Always consult with Dr. Brown if you experience increasing pain, swelling, or have concerns regarding the healing process

We hope that we can help you have the best experience possible.  Call us today with any questions or to schedule a procedure at 801-253-4547.


Bleeding After Wisdom Teeth 

What to expect

bleeding after wisdom teeth

Many of our patients wonder what to expect in terms of bleeding after wisdom teeth. Most people will experience bleeding from time to time for the first few days after the procedure.  Most dentists will send you home with gauze rolls that you can bite down on to put pressure on the wounds and stop the bleeding. You can also use moistened tea bags to bite down on. These can be more comfortable and can stop the bleeding better than gauze.  Often times patients will ooze blood for 24- 48 hours after surgery.  It is important to know that oral bleeding consists of  a little blood and a lot of saliva.  If you find that that the surgical areas are still oozing, replace gauze as needed every 30-45 minutes.  Avoid lifting, or other strenuous activities to avoid increased bleeding, swelling and pain.  You should be careful getting up too quickly even if you are just lying down and standing up.  Lightheadness is more likely to occur during this period.

Make sure to take extra care when cleaning your teeth.  Do not agitate or probe any surgical areas during the healing process.  Stone Creek Family Dental can answer all of your questions regarding your wisdom tooth extraction procedure or if you are having bleeding after wisdom teeth procedure. Simply call us at 801-253-4547

Teeth Whitening Utah

teeth whitening utah

What is Zoom Whitening?

Zoom whitening is a teeth whitening process used in many areas across the world.   It effectively lightens discoloration of dentin and enamel. There are many reasons for tooth discoloration, the most common being from drinking coffee and tea, or smoking.  Over time the aging process can darken your teeth.   

How does it work?

The procedure is done in office and uses an advanced lamp that acclerates the bleaching process.  The lamp activates the hydrogen peroxide whitening agent, breaks down and enters the enamel and dentin.  It effectively bleaches out the stained teeth, without changing the structure of the them.

Before your treatment

Dr. Brown will do a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums.  He'll also discuss your oral hygiene and eating habits to determine whether you'll benefit from Zoom whitening. It is important to talk to Dr. Brown if you are planning having other cosmetic dental procedures.  Procedures such as veneers, braces and composite bonding are considered into the decision in order to ensure the match in whiteness between the restoration and your natural teeth.  

The whitening procedure

The whole procedure lasts around an hour.  It's recommend that you have a teeth cleaning prior to your Zoom whitening session. The procedure begins by preparing a cover for your lips and gums which in turn leaves your teeth exposed.  The zoom whitening gel is then applied for fifteen minutes while the Zoom light activates it.  While this is happening you are welcome to sit back and relax or watch TV.  There is a total of 45 minutes of treatment time with three 15-minute sessions of light activation.  To reduce tooth sensitivity a flouride paste-gel is applied to the teeth immediately following the procedure.  

After the procedure: Maintenance

You get a Zoom touch-up kit to take home that includes custom fitted whitening trays.  You’ll want to follow Dr. Brown’s instructions for how and when to use it.  Keep in mind that certain foods and beverages should be avoided that will stain your teeth including coffee, tea, wine and colas.  Tabacco products also stain teeth and Dr. Brown always recommends that you avoid using them.  Regularly scheduled teeth cleanings along with brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent stains from reforming.  

Things to consider

Occasionally we have some patients that experience tooth sensitivity during the treatment.  The Zoom light produces minimum heat which is most often times the reason for the sensitivity.  In rare instances our patients experience some minor tingling but goes away quickly.  Dr. Brown is happy to provide you with special toothpaste to reduce tooth sensitivity.  Call us today for teeth whitening Utah 801-253-4347.

What is CEREC?

“What is CEREC?” is a question I hear from many of my patients.  CEREC stands for Ceramic Reconstruction.   It was developed with the idea of creating high quality, metal-free dental restorations within a few minutes.  The CEREC unit combines 3D photography, CAD technology and a milling unit.  Ceramic blocks are used to help create near perfect restorations.

The quality of the restoration is unparalled and fits perfectly.   In addition, you can be assured that your restoration will last a long time.  Because you’ll have your restoration completed in one day that also means lower costs.  Now you’ll never wonder anymore, “What is CEREC”?  We’re always happy to answer any questions you have regarding your dental health.   Call us today at 801-253-4547 to setup an appointment.

Anesthesia for Tooth Extraction - Should I choose laughing gas or anesthesia?

What type of anesthesia for tooth extraction is an important consideration. The dentist has to loosen the tooth from the periodontal ligament as well as a number of other structures in order to remove it. This is a painful procedure and dentists will offer you two choices when it comes to anesthesia for your procedure: local anesthesia and general anesthesia. For the most part, general anesthesia is reserved for those who have a tougher tooth extraction procedures or those who have a severe fear of dental procedures while the bulk of the procedures are performed under a local anesthetic and twilight gas anesthetic. Either way, you should plan on having someone available to drive you home as this is an outpatient procedure. 

Most dentists will prescribe a pre-procedure antibiotic regimen which you will need to be sure that you take as directed both before and after your surgery. Also, because this is oral surgery, your dentist will ask you to refrain from eating at least 6 hours if not 12 hours proper to the procedure. If you choose to undergo the gas/local anesthetic route, you should be aware that while you will feel sleepy during the procedure and you won't be feeling any pain, you will be aware of what is happening during the procedure and will feel movement, pressure, vibrations and more. This can be disconcerting for anyone, so take this into consideration when choosing your anesthesia for tooth extraction.