Third molar extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth — the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom.
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recommend wisdom teeth should be surgically removed when there are:
- Infections and/or periodontal (gum) disease
- Cavities that can’t be restored
- Cysts, tumors or other pathologies
- Damage to neighboring teeth
During wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist or oral surgeon:
- Makes an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone
- Removes bone that blocks access to the tooth root
- Divides the tooth into sections if it's easier to remove in pieces
- Removes the tooth
- Cleans the site of the removed tooth of any debris from the tooth or bone
- Stitches the wound closed to promote healing, though this isn't always necessary
- Places gauze over the extraction site to control bleeding and to help a blood clot form
Patients are sent home with instructions for diet modifications and other measures to help manage the expected postsurgical pain and swelling.
Complications are rare, but dry socket typically has the highest prevalence, occurring in about 5 to 10 percent of patients. Dry sockets often lead to pain and inflammation. The sign that you may have a dry socket is an intense throbbing pain that may radiate to your temple, ear, eye area or neck. Managing a dry socket with over-the-counter medications won't give you the relief you need. Patients who develop any postsurgical complications should contact their doctors immediately.
The primary treatment for the wisdom teeth extraction is pain management, so in addition to the StellaLife VEGA Oral Care Recovery Kit, your dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe painkillers and send you home with directions on how to use ice packs.
Ask your dentist about our all-natural recovery kit to significantly reduce the need for pain medication. StellaLife encourages patients with leftover medication to return the pills to a local pharmacist. Parents who monitor their medicine cabinet and their children's medications can help stop painkiller addiction.
All-natural StellaLife VEGA Oral Care Recovery Kit provides pain relief and has been found to speed up healing in open wounds. Dental professionals have found it effective in the pain management of dry sockets and recovery following dental surgical procedures such as wisdom teeth extractions. The 16 active ingredients act as an analgesic (pain relief), has anti-inflammatory (swelling relief) and antibacterial properties. It is easy to use when following the instructions on the label. Learn more.
3 • 3 • 3 StellaLife Program: 3 days before, 3 times per day, all 3 products
Adults and children over 6 years of age. Start 3 days before the surgery or procedure to increase therapeutic levels. Continue for 7 days after the procedure. Apply 3 times per day, preferably after meals. Refrain from drinking or eating for at least 20 minutes after application. Use all three products at the same time in the order outlined. Consult your healthcare professional for use in children under 6 years of age.
STEP 1: VEGA Oral Care Rinse
■ Swish 1/2 - 3/4 tablespoonful (7ml to 10ml) for 1-2 minutes, expectorate.
STEP 2: VEGA Oral Care Spray (different from standalone Mist)
■ Spray 4 times under the tongue.
STEP 3: VEGA Oral Care Gel
■ Apply to the gum at the surgical area with a cotton swab.
NOTE: Sublingual pain-relief Spray part of Recovery Kit is different from antimicrobial Mist.
This information is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.