Wisdom Tooth Extraction, Preparation and Recovery

Do you dread the thought of having a wisdom tooth extraction? If so, you aren’t alone. Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars on each side of our upper and lower jaw. Wisdom teeth usually erupt around the ages of eighteen or twenty and are the last molars to erupt. Because we consider ourselves adults and wise at the age our third molars typically erupt, we refer to these teeth as- “Wisdom Teeth.”

Wisdom teeth are notorious for coming in crooked and can cause crowding and pain. Because our wisdom teeth are so far back in our mouths, we often cannot clean them properly when brushing and flossing our teeth. Because of the poor hygiene in this area wisdom teeth are a source of infection in the mouth. It is recommended you remove your wisdom teeth as soon as they erupt, to avoid potential problems and recommend you and your dentist begin evaluating your wisdom teeth at your dental checkups, by age sixteen.

Although getting your wisdom teeth removed is a common practice and procedure, it is a major one that will take a fair amount of recovery time. Depending on the difficulty of the extractions, recovery time is usually 3 days to 1 week.

Six Things You Should Know After Having a Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Getting your wisdom teeth removed is a pretty common occurrence; many people have the surgery as teenagers or young adults. That being said, it is still a major procedure that requires a decent amount of recovery time. So, before you head to your appointment, here are six key things everybody should know before and after the extraction:

  1. Most all dentist will treat the patient with a sedative and/or general anesthetic during the wisdom tooth extraction procedure, so we recommend you have someone drive you to and from your surgery appointment.
  2. After the wisdom tooth extraction is complete, the effects of the medication will wear off in a few hours. Swelling usually is to be expected for the first twenty-four hours and then will begin to subside. When you are home keep, your head raised, which keeps the fluids away from the head to reduce swelling.
  3. Your dentist will most likely send you home with some pain medications and antibiotics. It is important to take all your antibiotics, until they are gone. Pain medication can be taken as prescribed and as needed. Because you will be sedated from your pain medications, we recommend you are prepared for some rest. When your body is at rest your body’s healing process works better and more efficient and will help speed up the process of healing.
  4. Avoid eating anything you must chew to avoid any irritation to the extraction site. Limit your diet to soft foods, such as mashed potatoes, applesauce or room temperature soup. You should stay away from anything warm or hot while healing. Also, avoid drinking alcohol for the first 24 hours.
  5. There is a bit of bleeding that will occur post-surgery but is expected to stop within twenty-four to forty eight hours. The day after surgery you will want to brush and rinse but please do not. Brushing and swishing can irritate the extraction site and could possible cause a dry socket, which can be painful. If you feel you must clean your tongue or teeth of something, then simply take a moist cloth and wipe your tongue and teeth gently with the cloth.
  6. Avoid smoking after your extraction for five days minimum. Smoking delays the healing process, and the sucking action could dislodge the clot in the location of the extraction. Also, nicotine could cause you to have dry socket and break down the clot.

The information provided will help you make the right choice concerning your wisdom teeth and a successful process. If you have any further questions and/or concerns, please call Paradise Ridge Dentistry TODAY at 602-867-8488 for a consultation.

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