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All About Wisdom Teeth Extraction Recovery

Wisdom Teeth

The Wisdom teeth are the third molars located on each side of the upper and lower jaws. These teeth are last to emerge, for some people in their late teenage years and for some others in their early twenties.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Commonly the wisdom teeth must be removed before even starting emerging due to the lack of space in the gums for them to grow properly or because they can come in crooked. The eruption of the third molars can cause many painful complications that affect the oral health of a person, that’s the reason why the American Dental Association encourages people between 16 and 19 years old to visit their dentist for a dental checkup that determines if it’s necessary to do a wisdom teeth extraction or if the emerge of these teeth don’t represent any future issue or complication to the oral health.

The eruption of the third molars can cause many painful complications that affect the oral health of a person, that’s the reason why the American Dental Association encourages people between 16 and 19 years old to visit their dentist for a dental checkup that determines if it’s necessary to do a wisdom teeth extraction or if the emerge of these teeth don’t represent any future issue or complication to the oral health.

The wisdom teeth extraction can be performed by a dentist or by an oral maxillofacial surgeon and it can be done in the office of any of these two professionals. For this procedure, it is applied local anesthesia in the place where the teeth that will be extracted is located, then the professional will open the gum tissue that is covering the wisdom tooth to extract any bone covering the tooth.

To complete the procedure, the tissue that connects the teeth to the bone must be separated, after this step the tooth can be removed. Sometimes the tooth can be cut to pieces for an easier removal.

Wisdom Teeth Recovery Facts

  • When the surgery is completed the dentist may do some stitches that will be removed after some days or they may dissolve by itself over time. You can ask your dentist if you will have to come back to get your stitches removed.
  • Swelling, bruising and tenderness in the face can be a common result of the surgery.
  • To relieve the pain, ice packs can be applied directly to the outside of your cheeks and your specialist will prescribe you some pain medications as well.
  • Bleeding can be normal, change the gauze pad once soaked with blood and keep your head up with pillows. If the bleeding persists 24 hours after surgery you should contact your surgeon.
  • The lenght of the recovery time can last one week, but it can be different in every case. During this time don’t try to brush your teeth and avoid doing any activity that can cause the dislodge of the blood clot from where your teeth were removed.
  • Don’t consume solid foods, hot beverages, soda or alcohol.
  • For the first days avoid the use of a straw for drinking beverages.
  • Consume soft foods like pudding or soup. Once you start healing you can eat gruadually solid foods again.

 

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