Dear Valued Patient of D&P Dentistry, 


We are happy to report that we are able to start the process of a soft reopening as of May 11th.  However, there will be many policy changes made within the office that will be utilized at least for the first several weeks of as we adapt to these uncertain times.  We will be seeing patients at half capacity in order to practice optimum infection control, social distancing and also to control the burn rate of our personal protective equipment as it will still not be readily available in the future. 


 If you have an upcoming appointment and plan to reschedule PLEASE call us asap! As we are continuing to work on the schedule and accommodate everyone. The following are important steps patients should be informed of...


1.  Please arrive promptly for you appointment, remain in your car and call the office at (352) 331-4626 when you arrive.  
2.  Please wear your face covering or mask in the office (pursuant to the state of Florida office of the governor executive order number 20-11 and Alachua County Commissioner. 
3. A staff member will meet you at your car where you will be screened. We will check your temperature and pulse ox and have you fill out a questionnaire.  
4. We will take you straight back to the treatment room for your procedure. 
5. We ask that anyone accompanying you remain in the car. 


  * Please bring a jacket or blanket if you normally get cold! The temperature will be down and we will be wearing added gear. 


While some things seem so different we hope you find comfort knowing that at we are taking all necessary steps to protect our patients and staff.  Under all the masks and face shields the same familiar faces you are used to seeing will be taking care of you! 
                           

Thank you for your support!

 D&P Dentistry Team
 

We will continue to provide updates as needed. 

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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth can become impacted, causing immediate pain and future oral health concerns.

Removal can prevent issues such as infection and decay, and can eliminate the considerable pain caused by an impacted wisdom tooth.

But isn't wisdom tooth removal painful?

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Anesthesia and Sedation Help Make This a Virtually Pain-Free Procedure

Improved Comfort
Your doctor can provide pain medications and a specific set of instructions to help keep you as comfortable as possible during treatment and throughout recovery. Following treatment, you can expect relief from painful symptoms.

Improved Confidence
Once you have completely healed, you can feel confident knowing that you have improved your oral health and minimized your risk of periodontal disease, sinus issues, inflamed gums, and cavities. 

Conservative Care
The removal of your wisdom teeth can help prevent the need for more expensive and invasive surgical procedures

But why did my friend never need to have their wisdom teeth removed?

Not everybody will experience pain or complications as a result of their wisdom teeth. They may need to be removed if they are impacted or erupting at an improper angle, or if you do not have enough room in your jaw. Even if a patient does not experience these initial complications, it does not necessarily mean that they will never experience some issues.

Common Signs of Wisdom Tooth Issues

Typically, your dentist will notice problems with your wisdom teeth before you do. They can often see potential issues using x-rays at your regular check-up. However, there are some common warning signs you can look out for when it comes to wisdom tooth problems:

Bad Breath

A persistent bad taste in your mouth or chronic bad breath often signals an infection. When wisdom teeth grow in incorrectly or become impacted, they can become more vulnerable to decay and other issues.

Inflamed Gums

Irritation from your wisdom teeth can cause your gums to swell and become red and painful. This can also lead to gum disease.

Cavities

Since the back of your mouth is difficult to reach, cavities form easily on the surface of wisdom teeth. Once decay forms, it can quickly spread to other teeth and cause widespread health issues.

Sinus Issues

In your upper jaw, wisdom teeth may be located close to the sinuses. You may notice sinus pain or pressure, headaches, or congestion.

Crooked Teeth

For many patients, wisdom teeth grow in at an angle, putting pressure on other teeth and causing them to shift. In others, teeth may move when wisdom teeth erupt because there is not enough room in the jaw.

7 Steps of Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Extracting wisdom teeth is typically effective for alleviating discomfort and other symptoms. 
Extracting wisdom teeth is typically effective for alleviating discomfort and other symptoms. 
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The doctor will take x-rays to determine how many wisdom teeth need to be extracted. 
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Anesthesia or sedation will be administered to numb the gums and areas surrounding the tooth. 
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An incision is made in the gums. 
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The tooth is gently extracted, either in one piece or separated into smaller pieces for easier removal. 
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Dissolvable sutures are used to close the incision. 
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Pressure is placed on the extraction site with a small piece of wet cotton gauze. 
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You can return home to begin your recovery process.

When to Call Your Doctor after Your Procedure

Extracting wisdom teeth is typically effective for alleviating discomfort and other symptoms. Many patients do not even require a follow-up appointment with their dentist.

However, you should visit your dentist if you need stitches removed or if you develop symptoms, such as:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Fever
  • A persistent bad taste in your mouth
  • Lasting numbness
  • Blood or pus when you blow your nose
  • Swelling that worsens after the second or third day
  • Severe pain that is not relieved by pain medications
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Recovering after Your Procedure

It typically takes about two weeks to fully heal after wisdom tooth removal. However, most patients can return to their normal activities the day after surgery.

Stages of Recovery

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First 24 hours

Blood clots form where the extracted teeth were. You may notice some blood oozing at the surgical sit. Do not brush your teeth, rinse your mouth, spit, or use mouthwash during this period.
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Two to Three Days

Swelling and bruising is normal during this time and usually improves by the third day. You can use an ice pack or a warm heating pad to relieve discomfort and bring down swelling. You can also resume brushing and eating more solid foods.
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Seven Days

Wait for about a week before using a straw to avoid dislodging your blood clots. If you have non-dissolvable stitches, your dentist can remove them at this time.
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Seven to Ten Days

For most patients, symptoms begin to disappear by this time. Jaw stiffness and soreness should go away.
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Two Weeks

Often, bruising is the last symptom to fade. However, recovery time will be different for everyone

If You've Been Told You Need an Extraction, Don't Worry, You Are Not Alone...

Take Action Today

If your wisdom teeth are causing painful symptoms, or if your dentist tells you that you need to have them removed, delayed treatment can only cause more problems in the future. It is not worth jeopardizing your oral health when the problem can be easily resolved with minimal discomfort. This is especially true when you consider that delaying removal may present a need for much more expensive and invasive procedures.

Do not let fear or misconceptions about wisdom tooth removal keep you from achieving optimal oral health.

If you are experiencing symptoms of wisdom teeth complications, or if you are interested in preventive extraction for your child, schedule a consultation today.

D&P Dentistry

The team of dental professionals at D&P Dentistry provides exceptional dental work and patient education to help you and your family achieve your best smiles. Our doctors are affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • Alachua County Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our Gainesville, FL, office, please contact us online or call (352) 331-4626.

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