Wisdom Teeth Removal
The last teeth to emerge as an individual becomes an adult are the wisdom teeth, also referred to as the back molars. Since they start to appear after all of the other teeth have formed, they are likely to shift them out of place. Therefore, Smile Dental Care guarantees that a patient’s wisdom teeth are carefully assessed during a routine dental exam before any actions of tooth extraction are taken. At about age 21, individuals start to experience the growth of their back molars, which calls for an expert opinion before further damage is potentially done. A professional dentist often performs the wisdom tooth removal procedure or surgery, which lowers the risk of any extensive damage occurring to a patient’s mouth.
What to Expect After the Procedure
Wisdom teeth removal is an outpatient procedure, and more often than not, people who undergo the surgery leave on the same day. Depending on a person’s teeth and the extent of the damage, the dental practitioner may use general anesthesia or local anesthesia. General anesthesia is more robust, and patients are taken to the recovery room while unconscious. Still, a local anesthetic is milder, and patients are usually able to leave the dentist’s office on their own after the procedure.
After the procedure, it is common to experience swelling and mild pain during the first days of recovery. In some cases, there’s the presence of blood since the removal is still fresh and in the process of healing. During this initial recovery, one must strictly follow the dentist’s advice and any prescribed medications to avoid infection or future damage to the teeth structure.
For a successful surgery, a patient is advised on food and activities to avoid until they’ve fully recovered. This usually includes taking beverages like alcohol or caffeine, which deter the effectiveness of the drugs prescribed. If you smoke, you may be instructed to stop, at least temporarily, since smoking usually results in further complications and a slowing of the healing process. Soft foods are recommended to patients who have had their wisdom teeth removed and to avoid using straws while taking beverages due to the stress it impacts the jaw.
Long Term Recovery
Regular removal of teeth usually takes about four to five days for a patient to recover. However, recovery might take longer if the teeth came out at an angle that prompted dental expertise. In addition, patients are advised to maintain a strict dental hygiene routine to prevent any infections in the area surgery has been performed. Most people can resume their daily activities, but they are limited to less strenuous tasks that remove the stitches or clot the blood. These may include exercises, spitting, chewing, and other activities that involve the mouth. If the pain continues to increase, it is advisable to contact our dental experts for advice to avoid further damage, resulting in either bleeding or swelling. On the third day of recovery, most people don’t experience pain, bleeding, or swelling, which indicates a successful recovery. However, there are signs that prompt immediate consultation with a professional such as difficulty breathing or swallowing, increased swelling, or numbness.
Our team at Smile Dental Care ensures that every patient receives personalized care suited for their individual dental needs. Contact our team of dental professionals today at 872-266-2202 to book an appointment. We are happy to assist with regular dental exams, wisdom tooth removal, dental crowns, and any of your other general or restorative dentistry needs.