There is a lot of buzz about Wisdom Tooth Extraction on the web, in the minds and in the dental world. It basically is the surgical procedure of wisdom teeth removal (or tooth), which are there at the back of your jaw on both top and bottom.
Wisdom tooth is not the matter of problem, but it may create a hell lot of problems if it does not get room to grow hence becoming an impact wisdom tooth. Wisdom tooth extraction should only be done by a dentist or an oral surgeon.
Why Wisdom teeth is a problem?
Wisdom teeth basically are the last teeth to appear or erupt. They usually erupt at the age between 17 years and 25 years. Sometimes, it creates no problem, but sometimes it doesn’t get room to grow, hence becoming an impacted tooth bringing along a lot of pain. Some people do not even get a wisdom tooth.
A wisdom tooth can
- Grow at an angle towards the back of the mouth.
- Grow at an angle towards next tooth.
- Lie down within jawbone.
- Stay trapped within the jawbone.
What problems does it bring along?
Wisdom tooth in itself is a great problem when it pains, but that’s not enough for it summons other problems along as well.
- Complications with oral treatments to straighten up other teeth
- Trapping food and debris
- Making a fluid-filled sac around the wisdom teeth
- Periodontal diseases
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Tooth decay in partially erupted wisdom tooth
Preparations for wisdom tooth surgery
If it is a normal surgery, your dentist can do it in his office itself, but if it is a deeply impacted tooth, you may be suggested to see an oral surgeon. A dentist may numb the portion for ease and might sedate you for your comfort.
What to expect?
At times of surgery, your doctor may go through various steps. Here comes what should be expected to be done with you.
During the Procedure
Your doctor may give you one of the three types of anesthesia depending upon the complexity of the case and your comfort. Here are the types of anesthesia which could probably be given.
- Local Anesthesia: Your surgeon or dentist may give you a shot of local anesthesia before starting with the treatment. Before injecting, he may also apply some cream on your gums to make them numb. You may feel the pressure and movements but won’t experience the pain.
- Sedation Anesthesia: Your Dentist or oral surgeon might inject sedation anesthesia through an intravenous line in your arm. Sedation anesthesia would suppress your consciousness causing less pain and leaving less memory of the procedure.
- General Anesthesia: In some situations, you may also be given General anesthesia through the nose or intervein or both. With this, you would lose your consciousness and would have no memory of the whole procedure. Moreover, the surgical team would keep a close monitor on your medication, breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature.
You have all the rights to know that what is done during wisdom tooth extraction treatment. Well, here’s the list.
During the treatment, your dentist or oral surgeon
- Makes an incision in the gum tissues to open up the view of tooth and bone.
- Removes bone which becomes an obstruction to reach the tooth root.
- Might divide the tooth into various parts to extract it easily.
- Removes the tooth.
- Cleans the site of the removed tooth.
- Stitches the wounds to fasten up the healing process.
- Places gauze to control bleeding and help to form a blood clot.
After the Procedure
If you receive local anesthesia, you are likely to get recovered on dentist chair only but if you get sedation or general anesthesia, you are likely to be taken to a recovery room.
Here are some of the dentist’s suggestions after you have successfully gone through a wisdom tooth extraction surgery.
- Bleeding: Minor seeping of blood may occur the day after wisdom tooth extraction. Try to avoid radical spitting so that you don’t withdraw the blood clot from the socket.
- Pain Management: Pain could be managed by over the counter medicated painkillers or dental prescriptions. Prescribed medicines are especially helpful if a bone has been removed during the procedure. Holding a cold pack against the jaw also relieves pain to a great extent.
- Swelling and Bruising: Any swelling on the cheeks may usually improve in 2-3 days by using an ice pack as directed by the dentist or surgeon. However, bruising may take some more days to resolve.
- Activity: Schedule yourself free for the whole day when you are having the surgery as it demands rest. You can resume the normal daily chaos the next day but for at least a week, do avoid any kind of vigorous activity which may result in losing blood clot from the socket.
- Beverages: Don’t stop the water consumption but avoid alcohol, caffeinated, carbonated and hot beverages for at least the next 24 hours. Don’t drink with a straw for at least a week because the sucking action can dislocate the blood clot from the socket.
- Food: It’s a green light to soft foods. But a BIG NO to hard, chewy, hot or spicy food primarily for first 24 hours. Otherwise, it may irritate the wound, making it even more damaged.
- Cleaning your mouth: For the first 24 hours, do not think about brushing your teeth, rinsing your mouth, spitting or using mouthwash. You’d typically be directed to resume brushing after 24 hours. Be specifically gentle near the surgical wound when brushing and do not forget to rinse your mouth with warm salt water every two hours and after meals for a week.
- Tobacco Use: If you are a smoker, bid farewell to your cigarettes for at least 72 hours (more if possible). If you chew tobacco, don’t use it for at least a week. Using tobacco products after oral surgery can delay healing and can increase risks further.
- Stitches: Schedule an appointment with your dentist or surgeon if your stitches need to be removed. Delaying the work could be a great mistake.
Things to worry about
After the wisdom tooth extraction, some problems might occur which should not be overlooked. If you find the following problems, be sure to contact your dentist or oral surgeon as soon as possible.
- Blood or pus in nasal discharge
- Difficulty in swallowing or breathing
- Pus from the socket
- Over bleeding
- Bad taste in your mouth
- Worsening swellings
- Severe pain
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