After Extraction of Wisdom Teeth

In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia), or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Butura Oral & Dental Implant Surgery Phone Number 602-248-8745.

Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety. We utilize modern monitoring equipment and our staff are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

What Will I Feel Like after Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery?

On the first day after surgery, you may experience some minor bleeding and pain. You should cover your pillowcase with something so that you don’t get any blood on it. Each individual’s reaction to surgery varies, and the sensation of pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain. A variable amount of swelling can be expected following the surgery. This swelling usually peaks on the second day and should begin resolving on the third day. You can limit the amount of swelling you will have by using ice for the entire first day. The more ice you use the first day, the less swelling you are likely to have on the second day. Please remember to put ice on the first day even if it is somewhat uncomfortable to have the cold next to your skin. On the third day, you will notice that your jaw muscles are stiff, and it is difficult to open your mouth normally. You can apply moist heat to your face on the second and third day allowing your muscles to relax more and open wider. Most of the time you will want to limit your activities for a few days. We ask that you follow your post-operative instructions closely. Doing so will make you as comfortable as possible during the first few days following your procedure. Please allow time for your body to begin healing before resuming an active social, academic, or athletic schedule. Most patients feel like they are over the hump and on their way to recovery in 3 to 5 days.

Are There Any Problems after the Extraction of Wisdom Teeth?

As with any medical procedure, there can be complications or an unanticipated result. Some complications that patients undergoing Wisdom Tooth Extraction may experience include: Damage to the sensory nerve that supplies sensation to the lips and tongue, sinus communication, infections and dry sockets.

After the procedure, our assistants will review your post-operative instructions with your escort. We ask that you follow these instructions closely, as they will make you most comfortable following your procedure. If you were sedated, you will be comfortable and drowsy when you leave the office. Most patients prefer to go home and rest with no other physical or scholastic activities planned for a few days. With any medical procedure, there can be unexpected results. These can include delayed healing, infection and post-operative numbness or tingling in your lip, chin, or tongue. The oral surgeon will review relevant post-operative events with you and answer any questions during your office visit.

numbness can be caused by damage to a sensory nerve

Damage to Sensory Nerve:

A primary concern is a nerve within the lower jaw bone that supplies feeling to the lower lip, chin, and tongue. This nerve is frequently very close to the roots of the lower wisdom teeth. Having these teeth out between the ages of 12 and 18 usually provides shorter roots so that the nerve is not so close to the roots of these teeth. Occasionally, when the teeth are removed, and especially in older patients, the nerve can become injured. When local anesthesia wears off, you may experience a tingling or numbing sensation in the lower lip, chin, or tongue. Should this occur, it is usually temporary and will resolve gradually over a period of weeks or months. On rare occasions it can result in a permanent alteration of sensation similar to having local anesthesia. We feel that you should be aware of this possibility before consenting to surgery.

an opening can occur between your mouth and sinuses

Sinus Communication:

The upper wisdom teeth are situated close to your sinuses, and their removal can result in an opening between your mouth and the sinus. Once again, if the teeth are removed at an early age, the root formation is minimal, and this complication is very unlikely. However, if it does occur, it will usually close spontaneously, but we may give you special instructions to follow, such as avoid blowing your nose for two or three days following the surgery. You can wipe your nose, but don’t blow your nose. If you have to sneeze, you should sneeze with an open mouth into a tissue. Pressure should not be created in the sinus area, which may dislodge the healing blood clot. If you sense this condition occurring after the surgery, please contact the office. An additional procedure may RARELY be necessary to close the opening.

a dry socket can develop after the removal of wisdom teeth

Dry Sockets:

Dry sockets continue to be the most common problem people experience following dental surgery. They arise due to premature loss of a blood clot in the empty tooth socket. This seems to occur with greater frequency in people who smoke or are taking birth control pills. While both jaws can be affected, they usually occur in the lower jaw on the third to fifth day. They cause a deep, dull, continuous aching on the affected side(s). Patients may first notice the pain starting in the ear radiating down towards the chin.

The symptoms frequently begin in the middle of the night, and your pain medication regimen may not help. Treatment can involve changing your prescription. Occasionally it is helpful to place a medicated dressing in the empty tooth socket. This will help decrease the pain and protect the socket from food particles. The effectiveness in alleviating the pain lasts for 24-48 hours and may require dressing changes every day or two, for five to seven days. Dressings usually are removed when you have been pain free for 2 to 3 days.

The dressing doesn’t aid in healing. The only reason to place a dressing is for pain control. If medication is controlling the pain, the socket will heal without a dressing. Following removal of the dressing, an irrigation device may be provided to help you to keep food particles from lodging in the extraction site.

an infection can occur after wisdom teeth removal

Infection:

Occasionally, post-operative infections occur. This usually requires an office visit and clinical examination. Many times, just placing you on an antibiotic for one week will take care of the infection. If it persists, the area will have to be drained and cleaned. Other temporary problems you may experience in the post-operative period include stiffness of the jaws, chafing around the corners of your lips, facial bruising, and blood oozing from the extraction sites. The post-operative instruction sheet we will provide should answer many of the questions related to these more common concerns. If not, don’t hesitate to call the office at Butura Oral & Dental Implant Surgery Phone Number 602-248-8745.

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The entire staff including Dr. B were incredibly friendly, kind and helpful. I took both of my kids at the same time to have their wisdom teeth removed. They did an amazing job. I ended up having to call after hours due to an issue with the pharmacy and the doctor himself actually answered my call and immediately took action to help fix the pharmacy error. I had never been to this office before and was so happy with the staff and their work. I would most definitely refer anyone I know to this office!! Great job!

- Stacey C

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Dr. Butura and the rest of the staff were great. They my wisdom teeth removal experience as pleasant as possible.

- Caitlyn R

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Dr Butura and staff are all rockstars! I've always had a fear of anything dental so getting my wisdom tooth extracted was something I was not looking forward to. Marie at the Front Office got me scheduled for my consultation right away and made the process stress free. Dr Butura answered all my questions and concerns in our consultation, not sugar coating anything and then I scheduled my surgery in the coming two weeks. On the day of my surgery, Sharon greeted me at the door to bring me back to my surgical room and immediately made me feel more calm chatting until Dr Butura came in. A few mins later, Dr Butura greeted me cheerfully and was ready to get the show on the road! In what felt like seconds later, I woke up and it was all over and I was able to go home to rest. The day after my surgery, the front office ladies called to check up on me, excellent customer service! The entire process was super smooth and I am so happy I was referred to Dr Butura. If I ever need to return to the office, I know I will be in good hands.

- Kim H

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I had an impacted wisdom tooth removed with bovine bone grafting. Dr. Butora and his staff were very friendly and professional. I was scared and nervous for my consultation and procedure and they put me at ease. Thank you!!

- Christine M

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I had been in pain for about four year and I finally was able to remove my wisdom teeth with an amazing surgeon. Everything from the phone consultations, the surgery, and the post surgery, it was everything I had hoped for. I couldn't had been more happy with the service that I was given and I would absolutely recommend anyone to come here if they need oral or dental implant surgery.

- Adrian L

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Great place! I had all four of my impacted wisdom teeth removed and it was a great experience, painless and quick. If I ever need an oral surgery again I would absolutely come back here! Highly recommend Butura oral & dental implant surgery to everyone!

- Maria H

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Such a refreshing experience! Very nice and professional staff. I would definitely recommend to family/friends! Thank you Dr. Butura!

- Madeline L

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I got all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed a few days ago. I went in extremely nervous, the ladies that were getting my heart-rate/blood pressure/IV were extremely sweet. They calmed me down when I started crying out of nerves. I was sedated during the surgery, once I woke up they were very prompt to get me to the recovery room. They were prepared with all of the necessary information to take care of myself after the procedure. The staff and Dr. Butura are absolutely incredible. I will recommend to anyone who needs to get their wisdom teeth removed!

- Mialynn W

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Ms. Sharen and Ms. Eileen assist Dr. B during my surgery. I ask if they were there to hold my hand ( don’t like needles )? The answer was “ if that’s what you would like” I thought to myself “ how kind and thoughtful “. I was cold and I was given a blanket. If your searching for oral surgeon office that treats you like a person and not a number your search is over Dr. B and staff thank you for your warm and friendly environment. Melodye

- Melodye H

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If you're looking for an oral surgeon in the Valley, you need not look any further. I just had all 4 of my wisdom teeth pulled at Dr. Butura's office and I could not have asked for a better experience. At my consultation, Dr. Butura was incredibly friendly and personable. Some surgeon's have a tendency to talk down to you. Not Dr. Butura. He explained in layman's term what my procedure would entail and even went as far as asking what I did for a living which sparked a 5-minute side conversation. In my experience, that sort of genuine interest in a patient is very rarely shown in the medical industry. Especially from those with a "Dr" preceding their name. Dr. Butura is an exception. I was equally as impressed with his staff. I was greeted with a warm welcome from Marie at the front desk. After my consultation, I mentioned to Marie on my way out that I've put off this procedure for many, many years. She then told me a story of how she also put off getting her wisdom teeth pulled but ended up caving because they were just too difficult to keep clean. This was nice to hear because it's the exact reason why I finally caved as well. We had a few laughs about our shared struggles of trying to maintain proper dental hygiene with four hard-to-reach teeth that were closer to the back of our throats than the front of our mouths. But it's that sort of personal touch that goes a long way for me as a patient. My dental assistant, Eileen, was also great. Very friendly and she gave great post-surgery instruction. Well, at least that's what my wife told me. I was still a little loopy probably slobbering all over myself like a thirsty Saint Bernard. As far as the procedure itself, it was quick and easy. Dr. Butura had me in and out in 40 minutes! I can't say enough about my experience at Dr. Butura's office. My family & I will be going here for all of our future oral surgery needs. We live in Gilbert but Dr. Butura and his team are well worth the drive. Highly recommend!

- Jason S

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Having my wisdom teeth removed later in life than is normally recommended I was very apprehensive and my anxiety was working overtime. However, after the first consultation I was set at ease by the friendly, personable yet straight forward demeanor of the staff and Doctor. I was efficiently told what to expect in terms of the surgery itself and after. They were also very patient with any questions I had before and after the procedure. Dr. Butura and his staff have my highest recommendation.

- Michelle R

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Dr. Butura and his staff are great! Had my wisdom teeth removed with no issues at all.

- Shane P

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Took great care of my kids!! Highly recommend!

- Sandra P

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I needed 4 extractions and I was terrified (I hadn’t been to the dentist in YEARS, due to fear, so my teeth were in bad shape). I chose to be sedated because I didn’t want to be awake and have anxiety. During the consultation, Dr. Butura was friendly and addressed any concerns I had. I also received prescriptions that day which gave me time to get them filled before surgery. He made me feel at ease. His staff members are very nice as well. The day of surgery, I was called in a few minutes after arrival. I was offered a blanket because it was cold, which was a very nice gesture. Dr. Butura entered the room and explained the procedure again. He placed the IV into my arm and it wasn't even a minute later that I was already asleep. I woke up about an hour later, surgery was done. My recovery was great! I went to the movies the same night 🙂 I had very minimal swelling. I followed the prescriptions and only used the ibuprofen for pain. I was so happy that I anticipated a lot of pain but didn’t have it! That’s a pretty good let down to have. I highly recommend Dr. Butura. My experience there was more than what I could have hoped for! Thank you!

- Erica M

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If your teen needs his or her wisdom teeth out, then this is the best oral surgery office. Dr. Butura and his team removed my daughter's very difficult impacted wisdom teeth this week and her recovery seems to be so easy, with no complications and as a mom, I am extremely happy and thankful I chose this office! I would recommend Dr. Butura and his incredible team in a heartbeat!

- Jessica S

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VERY pleased with Dr. Butura office and surgery! I am in a accelerated nursing program and was having extreme tooth pain. I called the office and they were able to get me in within the week, scheduled surgery around my VERY BUSY schedule and was VERY pleased with the surgery itself. I was able to only take pain medication the night of surgery and than was free of all medication except the antibiotic! I do not have any family in AZ as I am here for school and they took exceptional care of me! I am very pleased and would recommend EVERYONE! thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

- Nicole B

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VERY pleased with Dr. Bantura office and surgery! I am in a accelerated nursing program and was having extreme tooth pain. I called the office and they were able to get me in within the week, scheduled surgery around my VERY BUSY schedule and was VERY pleased with the surgery itself. I was able to only take pain medication the night of surgery and than was free of all medication except the antibiotic! I do not have any family in AZ as I am here for school and they took exceptional care of me! I am very pleased and would recommend EVERYONE! thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

- Nicole B

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I was referred to Dr. Butura for my wisdom teeth removal and it was an outstanding experience. I contacted his office and got an appointment that same afternoon to go over my X Rays, pricing, and insurance coverage. Dr. Butura explained the procedure thoroughly and then scheduled me for the extractions immediately after I signed all the paper work. On the day of my procedure the staff was super patient with me and helped calm my nerves. They constantly made sure I was safe and even helped my dad walk me to the car afterwards. Dr. Butura took excellent care of me and prescribed me with all the needed medications to prevent pain, swelling, and infection. The day after my procedure I even received a courtesy call from one of the receptionists asking if I was doing okay, I could honesty not believe that they took the time to do that and it was a very nice touch. My follow up appointment was today and just like every other time I visited the office, the wait time was minimal and Dr. Butura was direct and to the point. I didn’t have any trouble with my recovery and I was back to work in 2 days, it was great. Lastly, it is important to mention that there were never any hidden fees, I was given an exact amount before scheduling the procedure and that is exactly what I ended up paying, which is unbelievable considering many other places end up having add on fees that aren’t even broken down to explain what they mean. Overall I am so pleased I went with Dr. Butura and would recommend him to anyone looking for a professional and caring oral surgeon.

- Camila M

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Confession of a confirmed "antidentite" (a person who hates going to a dentist) In Aug 2019 I was informed that I had a tooth that was split in two from top to bottom. The dentist said it would become infected and needed to be removed. He further said that because of the location the removal would need to be done by an oral surgeon. Now in my mental filing system "oral surgeon" is filed right next to "assassin"......so I was not pleased at this news. When I got to my initial meeting with Dr Butura the people in the office were extremely pleasant, efficient and friendly. (I wondered if they were just trying to prepare me for the ordeal ahead....but no they are really wonderful) Dr Butura explained what the options for treatment were...he was detailed and clear...and answered any and all questions. (Unfortunately he gently, but firmly rejected my option of a couple drops of Gorilla glue and a band around the tooth......I made this in jest, but he said some have actually tried it; unfortunately with severe negative consequences.) There was no rush, as is so often the case. He was patient, clear and reassuring. The day of my feared execution..... When i arrived the staff was very friendly and reassuring that this would be easy. The Bible says: "It is appointed unto man once to die" and I wondered if this was going to be my appointment....... Dr Butura came in and said "lets take a look". He rubbed something around the tooth and walked out. He returned in a few minutes and said: "open wide"....It was then I saw the deadly needle. he spent a few seconds doing something then he said; "OK... I'll be back in 15 minutes". I asked him when he was going to give me the dreaded shot? He replied he just did.....The shots were one of my biggest fears, and he did it with NO PAIN. He is the absolute best at giving shots I have ever met. I was now beginning to think I might actually survive the whole procedure. He came back and once again said: "open wide". He said you will feel a little pressure, but no pain.........A couple minutes later he repeated this......again pressure, but no pain. A minute later he stepped back and said; We're done". I could hardly believe it.....I not only survived....I felt fine.....no pain!!!!! The PA explained in detail what to do for the next several days. On the way out all the staff wished me well. I got a follow-up phone call the next morning. This was the most positive dental experience i have ever had!!! I whole heartedly recommend Dr Butura and his team. PS In my mental filing system I have moved Dr Butura away from "assassin" to two files down from "Guardian Angel".

- Paul W

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The staff at Dr. Butura's office is fantastic! I had all four wisdom teeth done here. I was nervous about the procedure but once I met the surgeon and staff there I knew I was in good hands. It's a very professional place and very caring! I am very happy I was referred here and would highly recommend to anyone!

- Sarah M

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