Wisdom tooth surgery
Are you about to get your wisdom teeth out? Not sure what to expect? Read with us what to expect before, during, and after wisdom teeth removal………
An impacted wisdom tooth can cause serious health issues. It can damage other teeth, lead to cysts, gum disease, and even cysts or benign tumors. If your dentist has recommended wisdom teeth removal, read on. We’ll explain exactly what you can expect before, during, and after the tooth extractions.
Before Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery
Before your tooth extraction procedure, you will meet with the oral surgeon. At this meeting, you will discuss any questions you have about tooth extraction and wisdom teeth recovery.
The surgeon will ask you about any medications you take and go over your health history.
You’ll discuss the type of anesthesia he or she will use for the tooth extraction surgery. You’ll then schedule an appointment for your wisdom teeth removal.
Typically, wisdom teeth removal surgeries take about 30-45 minutes. The tooth extraction is not painful because you will be under the influence of anesthesia. You might be able to choose between general, oral sedation, or IV sedation. Or your surgeon will recommend the best option for your procedure. Either way, you will be numb or asleep during the entire wisdom teeth removal process. Once you are completely anesthetized, your surgeon will use dental surgical instruments to cut your gums to remove the wisdom teeth.
The surgeon will stitch the wounds shut so your gums can heal quickly. These stitches dissolve on their own after a few days or you can get it removed after 7 days.
Aftercare on the Day of Your Surgery
You will feel a little groggy after your tooth extraction surgery. You can expect some swelling and pain and a little blood in your mouth.
Your doctor will advise you on how to treat the pain. It could be with prescription painkillers or over-the-counter medicine.
Once you feel ready, you will be able to go home. You can’t drive for a certain amount of time after general anesthesia so you will need a ride home.
For the rest of the day, you will need to take it easy. You will probably spend the rest of the day sleeping or resting on your bed or a couch.
Wisdom Teeth Recovery
You must take care of your mouth when you get home to avoid infection or any complications.
Follow the instructions of your surgeon exactly.
Likely, your surgeon will advise you not to brush your teeth, rinse your mouth, or floss for 24 hours.
He or she might tell you to rinse your mouth with saltwater. If so, do not spit. Just let the water trickle out of your mouth into the sink.
The dentist will give you lots of gauzes to take home. Feel free to change your gauze as often as you need. The gauze will absorb excess blood.
You should be able to resume your regular activities two or three days after wisdom teeth removal.
Manage Your Pain
Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. He or she will tell you how often to take pain relief medicine and for how long.
Take the pain medication on time to avoid feeling unnecessary pain.
What to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal
You can eat right away after your wisdom teeth removal. But you might not have much of an appetite right after your tooth extractions.
For the first few days of wisdom teeth recovery, you should eat soft foods that don’t need you to chew. You also need to be careful not to disrupt your stitches when eating.
Start with soft foods such as pudding, ice creams, smoothies, and milkshakes. Remember, staying well hydrated is crucial for your recovery.
Make sure you avoid eating foods that are very hot. These could burn your tender gums at the site of the tooth extractions.
Also don’t eat any nuts, seeds, or hard, crunchy foods that can get stuck in the holes where your wisdom teeth were.
Making a Full Recovery
Most people fully recover from your wisdom teeth removal after 5-7 days. But, if you had an impacted wisdom tooth, your recovery could be as long as a week. Yet, the pain and swelling should be much improved by the third day.
Though your surgical wounds will take months to fully heal, you should be able to resume normal activities after a day or so. You should avoid smoking, heavy exercise, drinking from a straw for a while yet.
You can develop an infection even weeks or months after wisdom tooth removal. Make sure to make your oral hygiene a top priority.
If you develop excessive bleeding, unbearable pain, fever, more and more swelling, numbness, or blood or pus coming out of your nose, contact your doctor immediately.
Complications such as these could mean you may be having nerve damage which normally comes after some time or an infection.
Final Thoughts on Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal is a safe and common outpatient procedure. With proper care, you should not be too uncomfortable during wisdom teeth recovery. Always speak to your oral surgeon about any concerns you have ahead of time. He or she will be able to reassure you and answer any questions you might have.