What I Learned After Wisdom Teeth Oral Surgery

Posted on: April 2, 2018

Wisdom Teeth Basics

The four permanent teeth at the back of your mouth are called wisdom teeth. Two on the top row and two in the bottom row, these teeth are the last ones to erupt. If there are problems with these teeth coming out into the open, then their extraction through surgery is necessary. The procedure takes about an hour and a half and a few days in recovery. The recovery time usually varies from person to person. It usually takes from three to four days but can last up to a week the time depends on how badly the teeth were erupting and affecting the nearby area.

People Who Do Not Need This Surgery

Wisdom teeth appear when we are 17 to 24 years of age. The time can vary from person to person. According to research, not all people need to have their wisdom tooth removed. Some people might not even have wisdom teeth. It does not mean that there is something wrong with them though, it means that they are more evolved. Other people who do not need this surgery are those who have enough space in their jaws for these teeth to sprout.

Things to Keep in Mind

There is something that you need to be careful about when you are removing the teeth,  after the surgery. It is called the dry socket condition, which is also known as alveolar osteitis. It occurs when the blood clot does not develop in the area where the dentist performed the oral surgery or when the blood clot dislodges. Symptoms include a bad taste or smell coming from the socket along with throbbing pain in the gum or jaws.

Another thing you need to be mindful of is your temperature. It is not a good sign if you develop a fever after the surgery. It means that there is an infection in the wound. The best course of action is to consult your surgeon immediately.  

Pre and Post Op Care

Before the surgery is performed, you cannot eat anything six to eight hours in advance, which is why you should try to schedule it in the morning if you can. If you suffer from dental anxiety, you can talk to the surgeon beforehand and have laughing gas and dental sedation administered. Once you go under, you lose perception of time and what is going on inside your mouth. By the time you wake up, you will see that the dentist has removed your teeth. You may feel a bit tired and somewhat out of it because of the laughing gas, but the effects wear off. Also, do not drive for at least twenty four hours after the procedure as the effects last for almost that much time.

The pain is worse in the first six hours post-surgery. You will have your prescription medicine to deal with the pain. Do not forget to take it on the time that your dentist has told you. You have to be careful about what you put in your mouth for the first three days. Do not use straw as it can cause dry socket and opt for liquid food only. For the few days opt for really soft foods, and if everything goes well, you will feel much better than you used to.  

For more wisdom teeth information or to schedule a check-up with Modern Dentistry, request an appointment in our Roswell dental office here: https://www.moderndentalroswell.com. Or call us at (770) 200-4031.

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