Aftercare Tips For Tooth Wisdom Extraction

Surgery:

Most dental clinics are equipped, and dentists trained, to perform a wisdom tooth operation without the necessity of going to hospital. Before anything is done your dentist will fully explain the procedure so that you are comfortable and prepared.

It is usual for a local anaesthetic, by means of an injection, to be used for this type of dental work. Should the patient be dental phobic, or anxious, there are dental clinics like Mt Pleasant Dental that offers sedation dentistry to keep patient relaxed and comfortable with the extraction.

The dentist will allow time for the anaesthetic to take affect before any surgery takes place. Sometimes the procedure requires that a small incision is made in the gum and bone removed to facilitate removal of the wisdom tooth. The incision may require stitches.

After surgery – healing and care

Generally the human body is great at healing itself. After this kind of surgery, blood will be sent to the site of the operation to heal any incisions made and any other trauma that has resulted during the extraction. Initially the dentist will apply a simple gauze for you to apply slight pressure to by biting gently on it. This will help stem the blood flow and aid healing. After 6 – 8 hours any bleeding should have quelled and you should be able to remove the gauze.

Your dentist will explain fully how you should treat your wound regarding eating and medication. You will probably feel a bit bruised and battered for a few days, however, should you experience any excessive bleeding, severe pain or fever you should contact your dentist or doctor immediately.

The now vacant space you have will feel strange for a while but you will soon get used to it. If you had stitches they will need to be removed unless the dentist used dissolvable stitches, in which case they will disappear in between 7 – 10 days.

Here are some important post operative tips

1. When eating, chew away from the wound so as not to disturb the site of the operation.
2. Refrain from smoking for at least 12 hours as this could hinder the healing process.
3. Refrain from spitting or sucking as this could start blood flow by dislodging the healing blood clot.
4. Control bleeding by the use of medical gauze pads over the site of the wound. Apply slight pressure by biting gently on the pad.
5. Control swelling with the use of a cold pack. Using this on and off in 20 minute cycles will help slow down the blood circulation.
6. Help the healing process after 24 hours by gently rinsing your mouth with a warm saline solution (A glass full of warm water with one teaspoon of dissolved salt).
7. Control any mild pain with anti-inflammatory drugs. For severe pain a patient may be prescribed stronger pain killers.
8. Be careful what you eat for a few days after surgery. Avoid hot food and drinks and avoid chewing on the same side to where the tooth was extracted. Refrain from drinking alcohol as this can encourage bleeding and prolong the healing process.
9. Make an appointment with your dentist a week or so after surgery just to make sure all is well and you are healing normally.

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