Wisdom and Teeth Extractions

A procedure to remove your wisdom and impacted teeth can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity of the situation. During your appointment, you will receive an anesthetic designed to reduce pain and discomfort. In addition, you will be unable to drive for 48 hours after the procedure. It is advisable to take at least 1 or 2 days off work or school to recover. Pain medications may be prescribed afterward.

It is not advisable to wait too long before getting your wisdom and teeth extracted, you must do it as soon as you notice any signs that they’re in the way. Waiting too long could lead to an infection or an abscess. In addition, many dentists will closely monitor your teeth over time to determine whether they’re developing normally. However, if you’ve already noticed that they’re not coming through as they should, you probably need to have them removed right away. An impacted tooth may eventually push your other teeth out of place, affecting their alignment.

Things to Consider Before Wisdom and Teeth Extractions

The oral surgeon will meet with you to discuss the procedure. During this appointment, be sure to:

• Discuss any health issues you may be experiencing.

• Indicate any medications you regularly take.

• Speak up if you have any inquiries concerning the procedure.

• Go over the kind of anesthetic you’ll receive. During surgery, you may be awake or sedated.

• Arrange time off from work or school so you can recover at home after surgery. If you require it, arrange for a child or pet care, or a ride home.

What Happens During the Procedure What Happens During the Procedure

To prevent pain while the removal is in process, you will get one of the following types of anesthesia:

• Local: Your doctor will give you a shot of a local anesthetic such as novocaine, lidocaine, or mepivacaine to numb your mouth.

• IV sedation: The surgeon will numb your mouth and administer medications to make you sleepy through a vein in your arm. You might fall asleep throughout the process.

Take These Steps in Mind for a Faster Healing Process 

· Apply an ice pack to your face to reduce swelling.

· For aching jaws, use moist heat.

· To strengthen your jaw, gently open and close your mouth.

· Eat soft foods like soup, pasta, and rice.

· Drink a lot of water.

· Start brushing your teeth on day two. Avoid touching any blood clots.

· To reduce discomfort or swelling, take the medications that your doctor has prescribed.

· If you have a fever or notice no improvement in your discomfort or swelling, contact your doctor quickly.

Things You Shouldn’t Do While You’re in Your Healing ProcessThings You Shouldn’t Do While You’re in Your Healing Process

· Don’t use a straw. Sucking may cause blood clots to dissolve, allowing your mouth to heal.

· Avoid using abrasive mouthwash. Your doctor could advise using salt water to gently rinse.

· Avoid eating anything sticky, crunchy, or hard since it could irritate your wounds.

· Avoid smoking. Smoking can make healing take longer.

Wisdom and teeth extractions are simple dental procedures. However, it doesn’t imply you don’t have to take the necessary measures for a quick and successful recovery. If you need more information about this or other procedures, contact us. We are waiting to hear from you!