Wisdom Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Posted by thedentalhub
23 January 2018 | Blog

It is commonly said that with age comes wisdom and so is true for wisdom teeth too. Just like any other part of our body, our mouth also goes through numerous changes throughout your life. Molars, pre-molars, canines – we all have studied about them during our school days but with time, a lot new is learnt and a lot forgotten as well. Remember what we studied about third molars? No!! Don’t worry. We will brief you about what the third molars or wisdom teeth are, whether they should be extracted or not, what is the right extraction procedure and finally the post-op care, do’s and don’ts.


Wisdom Teeth Overview


Wondering why they are called wisdom teeth? There is no concrete logic behind the same. They are called so since they appear at a more mature age i.e. generally between 17 to 21 years of age. Appearance of third molars or wisdom teeth is considered a dental milestone at a mature age. They are yet another set of molars that can help you chew but there can be instances where they trouble you while appearing.

They can be troublesome in case they do not get the necessary room to grow or if they grow in the wrong position. It is always advisable to see your dentist in case the wisdom teeth are troubling you or they are painful. One might hear the dentists saying that your wisdom teeth are impacted and that definitely calls for proper attention and dental treatment as well.


Process for Wisdom Teeth Extraction


Not every case requires wisdom teeth extraction however while you visit your dentist for a checkup, the dentist would monitor the exact condition before suggesting anything. Before all this, what is more important is choosing the right dental clinic and the dentists. One such name that has made its way straight to people’s heart through their mouth and teeth is The Dental Hub. With the most proficient and experienced dentists to treat you, you stay rest assured of everything.

Few of the reasons why you might need to get your wisdom teeth extracted are pain, infection, cysts, tumors, damage to neighboring teeth, gum disease and teeth decay. An X-ray is generally taken before the final decision. Furthermore, the extraction procedure would depend upon their position and stage of development. A wisdom tooth that has completely erupted out of the gum can be extracted as easily as any other tooth.

However the ones yet to erupt from the gums and are still underneath requires incision for the right removal of the tooth.  Depending upon the position of the wisdom tooth, a cut may be needed in the gums to extract it. Also there might be a need to cut the tooth into smaller pieces and remove it accordingly (this happens when it is not possible to extract the tooth in one go due to the position).

The time required for the extraction of wisdom tooth varies anywhere from 20 minutes to few hours. At The Dental Hub, with world class equipments installed and experienced hands at work, the promise of a smooth wisdom tooth extraction procedure is guaranteed.


Wisdom Tooth Extraction Aftercare


The initial recovery time is generally three to five days however it varies from case to case basis. It is normal to notice slight bleeding from the place of extraction that would start to ease within the first 24 hours. As the effect of local anesthesia fades off, one might notice jaw stiffness, difficulty in opening the mouth and of course pain. What matters more is the wisdom tooth extraction aftercare – on which will depend the final condition of the incision site.

The dental practitioners at The Dental Hub will hand over a detailed aftercare list that would ensure an eased out discomfort. The advice would include few or all from the below list:

  • Pain medication to take care of post-op symptoms and discomfort
  • Use of Tylenol, an ice pack in addition to a mild narcotic for pain relief
  • Antibiotics might be prescribed in certain cases
  • Eating soft foods for few days and avoiding spicy foods, tobacco and alcohol consumption
  • Excessive exercise is also not advisable for at least three four days post surgery
  • Sufficient rest to give enough time for healing process

The mouth is delicate therefore it is advised to adhere to the wisdom tooth extraction aftercare to avoid any complications that might arise post surgery and to allow proper healing as well.

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