Tips for Easing Recovery Following Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Posted on 4/20/2018 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
The wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth that erupt. Wisdom tooth extraction is done if the wisdom tooth grows in a different direction or gets stuck inside the gums. Because it has no more room, it can cause pressure and push the neighboring tooth.
If not treated, this will lead to infection and pain. The dentist may also opt to remove the wisdom tooth, even if it is not yet causing any problem to prevent potential complications.
What to Do Before the Procedure
Wisdom tooth extraction is usually an outpatient procedure, so the patient can go home after the extraction. You will be advised regarding what to prepare prior to surgery.
This includes the schedule, medications, whether you need to fast or not, and if you have someone to assist you at home after the procedure. During the procedure, we dentist will use anesthesia so that you will be comfortable and feel no pain.
What to Do After the Procedure
If it is bleeding after the extraction, you can apply a cold compress on the affected area. To hasten the healing, avoid doing strenuous activity. You should rest after surgery and resume work the next day. However, you need to avoid straining and lifting heavy objects because this may result in the dislodging of the blood clot and cause intense bleeding.
It is also important to stay hydrated. Do not drink coffee or alcoholic drinks. Eat soft and nourishing foods to facilitate healing. You can eat simple foods, such as soups or Jell-O as they do not require too much chewing and effort to swallow.
Also, avoid spitting and drinking using a straw because the sucking can also dislodge the blood clot. The dentist will also provide prescription medication for pain and to avoid infection. If given an antibiotic, ensure that you follow the directions and finish the entire prescription.
Have the situation regarding your wisdom tooth evaluated now. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
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