Wisdom Tooth Extraction
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Third molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. They are usually the last teeth to develop and are located in the back of your mouth, behind your second molars. Their development is usually completed between the middle teenage years and early twenties, a time traditionally associated with the onset of maturity and the attainment of wisdom.This is why they got their name “wisdom teeth”.
What Is An Impacted Tooth?
Although most people develop and grow 32 permanent adult teeth, many times their jaws are too small to accommodate the four wisdom teeth. When inadequate space prevents the teeth from erupting they are called impacted. This indicates their inability to erupt into the proper position for chewing and cleaning. Once a tooth is impacted a Wisdom Tooth Extraction procedure is needed.
What Happens Afterwards – What Will I Feel Like after the wisdom tooth extraction surgery? Will it pain a lot?
On the first day after extraction surgery, you may experience some minor bleeding and pain in the area around your wisdom tooth.. Each individual’s reaction to surgery varies, and the sensation of pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain. A variable amount of swelling can be expected following the surgery. This swelling usually peaks on the second day and should begin resolving on the third day. You can limit the amount of swelling you will have by using ice for the entire first day. Most of the time you will want to limit your activities and eating habits for a few days. We ask that you follow your post-operative instructions closely. Doing so will make you as comfortable as possible during the first few days following your procedure. Please allow time for your body to begin healing before resuming an active professional, social, academic, or athletic schedule. Most patients recover in 3 to 5 days.Carefully changing gauze, usually every hour
How to enjoy a Safe, Smooth Recovery? .
Resting the first few days after your procedure, but being sure to also get up and walk around the house to encourage healing
Keeping your head elevated to reduce swelling for 48 hours
Avoiding using a straw, since the suction can dislodge blood clots
Eating a diet of soft foods for the first few days
Taking medications as prescribed to prevent infection and manage discomfort
Applying a cold compress to the side of your face to reduce swelling
Rinsing with salt water after eating for the first few days
Refraining from intense activity for about a week
Avoiding hot foods and beverages for about a week
Ceasing smoking for at least two weeks before and after your surgery