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Chew Over the Facts About Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Do you know what’s involved in wisdom teeth removal and the recovery afterwards? Your dentist or oral surgeon should provide complete instructions on healthy healing during this time, but here are some helpful hints to ease wisdom teeth pain and make recovery easier to swallow.

Get Smart About Impacted Wisdom Teeth

The wisdom teeth are typically the last set of molars to emerge, although they never come in at all for some people. If they erupt improperly, they can cause dental damage and disease. And if they get trapped beneath the gums, they are called impacted wisdom teeth and can lead to later infections and extreme wisdom teeth pain. Experts recommend that people have their wisdom teeth examined by age 20 to determine their development. If the dentist detects a potential problem or impacted wisdom teeth, these molars can be easily removed. Although the extraction is a form of major surgery, it is a minor outpatient procedure. General or local anesthesia is used to make wisdom teeth removal more comfortable, but there may be some discomfort for a few days after the surgery.

Feel Well and Heal Well After Wisdom Teeth Removal

After the extraction, the recovery process begins. You may begin to feel better after a few days, but some people need one to two weeks if their case was very complex. It is normal to experience slight pain, swelling, or bleeding after wisdom teeth removal. There are many ways to ease wisdom teeth pain and expedite your recovery, but these are the typical tactics:

  • Rest and relax for a few days after surgery.
  • You may resume most normal activities after the first day, but avoid strenuous activities for about a week to prevent any problems.
  • Take an over-the-counter or prescription pain reliever to ease any wisdom teeth pain during recovery.
  • Place an ice pack over your face and jaw to reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain.
  • Do not brush, floss, rinse, or spit for 24 hours. After that time, you can start gently brushing your teeth.
  • After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater a few times each day to keep it clean and prevent infection.
  • Stay away from alcohol, caffeine, soda, hot beverages, and cold drinks for the first few days post-procedure.
  • Stick to softer foods like applesauce, yogurt, and cottage cheese for the first day, adding firmer foods to your diet as you feel comfortable.
  • Call your dentist or oral surgeon immediately if you have any unusual symptoms, severe pain, or a fever since these may be signs of a complication and require immediate treatment.

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