If you asked five individuals this question, you would undoubtedly get five different answers. Simply put, everyone is different and wisdom teeth removal can be easy for some but more challenging for others.
The reasons for this are varied:
- Wisdom teeth that have erupted are generally less problematic than removing impacted wisdom teeth.
- Oral surgeons may opt to remove one or all wisdom teeth in one visit either in the surgeon’s office or in the hospital. Depending on the extent of the procedure, stitches may be needed. Recovery if only one tooth is removed will be considerably simpler as ease of eating and discomfort in one area as opposed to four makes a difference.
- Patients that are healthy and strong generally recover at a more rapid rate than their weaker counterparts.
But no matter what your circumstance, there are certain rules to observe that will aid in your recovery from wisdom teeth removal:
- On the day of your procedure, plan on returning home and resting after the extraction. Inactivity will aid in controlling blood loss. Biting on cotton rolls or gauze will help speed up clotting.
- Employing an ice pack on the jaw area where the tooth or teeth were removed for the first twenty-four hours will help with swelling and bruising.
- Depending on the anesthetic used, numbness can help control discomfort for the first few hours after you return home. A general analgesic will help as the numbness wears off.
- Eating soft foods or soup for a couple of days is best. Avoid irritating the surgical areas with food, or touching with your finger or even your tongue, as this can actually delay the healing process.
- When drinking beverages, avoid using a straw as this can prematurely cause the clot to dislodge. If this occurs, a very uncomfortable condition known as dry socket can develop.
- After the first twenty-four hours moist heat applied to the jaw area might offer additional comfort.
Removing wisdom teeth has become a very commonplace dental procedure. However, as with any surgery, the risks should be reviewed and taken into consideration when determining the necessity of the procedure.
One thing is quite certain. Wisdom teeth are not needed as we go through life. So if their removal is called for to maintain good dental health, you won’t miss them.
For more information and to schedule your consultation in SLC, contact Wisdom Teeth Specialists of Utah at 801-943-8703.