Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are also called third molars and are the last group of molars to grow. Some people do not have wisdom teeth, and the lack of these wisdom teeth will not affect a person’s smile. If wisdom teeth do not grow out correctly, they may cause harm instead. These molars usually grow between the ages of 16 and 20, and there may not be enough space at this time. Wisdom teeth may grow at a unique angle, they may squeeze on the alveolar, and sometimes they may not grow completely. This may lead to future oral health problems, such as infections and pain.
Tooth extraction is a major operation. Although it is more comfortable to use general anesthesia or local anesthesia to extract wisdom teeth, you will also feel pain and discomfort during the operation, especially after the anesthesia disappears. Wisdom teeth begin to recover after the teeth are extracted.
Self-care after surgery
After the wisdom tooth is removed, you may feel pain and swelling, and there may be some bleeding. When the wound heals, you must be careful not to wipe off the blood clot or damage the healing gums. You should not consume solid foods, alcohol, coffee, soda, or hot drinks for the first few days after surgery. An article from People’s Daily Online explained that you should not even brush your teeth on the first day after the extraction. The usual recovery time for wisdom teeth is three to four days, and it can be as long as a week. The length of recovery time depends largely on the extent of wisdom teeth’ impact and how they grow.
There are many things you can do to shorten the recovery time. Pay special attention in the first few days. Most people can resume normal activities after the first day but do not do anything to remove blood clots within a week. For pain, you can use a prescription pain reliever prescribed by an oral surgeon or a recommended over-the-counter pain reliever. To reduce swelling, put an ice pack on the chin. Cold compresses can help reduce inflammation and relieve any discomfort. Our dentists at Springs Dental will instruct you on how to take care of your mouth.