What Precautions Should Be Taken After Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

What Precautions Should Be Taken After Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

Jun 01, 2022

What Is a Tooth Extraction?

It is a dental procedure for permanently removing teeth from the oral cavity. The procedure entails rocking a tooth back and forth, loosening it from its socket. Once loosened enough, the dentist can pull it out. Tooth extractions are only performed on a need basis. It goes to say that our dental team at Huntington Family Dental cannot perform a tooth extraction unless it is very necessary.

What Factors Necessitate Tooth Removal?

Some of the reasons why your dentist would recommend a tooth extraction are:

  1. Severe toothache
  2. Severe dental decay
  3. Broken tooth
  4. Overcrowded mouth – to remove extra teeth and make room for proper alignment.
  5. Problematic wisdom tooth

Understanding Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Like any other tooth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction in Calgary entails permanently removing wisdom teeth. They are the last molars to grow in a human mouth. They are located at the furthest ends of the jawbone on either arc. Dentists in Calgary perform many wisdom teeth extractions because they are problematic. Many wisdom teeth grow improperly because of the tight spacing at the far back of the mouth.

The removal of a wisdom tooth is a bit different from the conventional way of extracting teeth. The tooth cannot be rocked back and forth as with other teeth. Instead, the dentist may need to break the tooth into small pieces for ease of removal. In other cases, an emergency wisdom tooth extraction entails surgery to remove the tooth. It is often the case for impacted wisdom teeth, partially or wholly, stuck under the gums.

What Happens Immediately After Tooth Extraction?

When your dentist completes the extraction procedure, you may not even know it. The reason is that dentists use local anesthesia to numb your mouth before removing your tooth. It renders the entire procedure painless. After the treatment, the dentist will place gauze on the extraction wound. You are to keep biting on it for a few hours until the bleeding stops. The dentist will recommend a change of gauzes after every hour or 30 minutes to avoid old blood from increasing the risk of infection in the wound. After a couple of hours, the numbing will wear off, and you will feel some discomfort due to the dental work. To manage this pain, your dentist will prescribe over-the-counter pain medication.

Precautions to Take After Wisdom Teeth Extraction

  1. Continue to replace them every 30-60 minutes – you have to keep changing the gauzes until the bleeding in your wound stops.
  2. Eat cold and soft foods – the goal is to avoid abrasion, burns, and other accidents around your extraction site. You may need to keep up with such a diet for a few days until your wound gets better.
  3. Rest – whether you feel like it or not, rest is paramount to your recovery. It will allow your body to focus on healing the wound without worrying about everything else around you.
  4. Keep a clean mouth – even as you heal, you need to brush and floss your teeth. You will only need to be careful around your wound so you do not worsen your pain. It helps to change to a soft-bristled toothbrush during this period.
  5. Cold compress – an ice bag will be your best friend during the first 48 hours after treatment. It will alleviate the pain and swelling that cause significant discomfort.
  6. Keep taking your pain medication – it is a quick and easy way to manage your pain levels. However, ensure you are not taking medication on an empty stomach. Frequent small meals will keep your body nourished and give it the energy to focus on healing.
  7. Avoid using straws – while they may seem to make drinking easier, they introduce air into your mouth. When the air gets to the extraction wound, it causes a dry socket tooth, which is very painful.
  8. Keep your head elevated – when sleeping or laying down to rest, ensure your head is always higher than the rest of your body. It will reduce blood pooling in your head, which works against you by increasing swelling and pain.

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