Wisdom Teeth Removal - Recovery From Surgery
As pleasant as their name sounds, wisdom teeth are not always pleasant. The eruption of wisdom teeth for most people is usually an unpleasant ordeal. Coming in during the late teenage years or the early twenties, wisdom teeth often raise a series of oral health concerns, and frequently require to be removed. When they are removed, it is vital to know what practices are best for optimal recovery. At Dallas Oral Surgery Associates, we preserve the oral health of our patients by removing their wisdom teeth, as early as they appear.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
At the stage when wisdom teeth come in, most people already have their jaw and facial structure adjusted to their existing set of teeth. This means that oftentimes, the wisdom teeth may not have space on the jaw for sprouting. But as the growth cannot be reversed, they begin to force their way through the gums, pushing against other teeth, causing serious pain and headaches for patients. Other times, they may stop growing partially under the gums. When this happens, patients are at risk of infections, gum disease, and tooth decay. So to avoid all of these, our professionals always advise that they should be removed.
How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Our professionals will check your wisdom teeth to see how they have grown. This is necessary for determining the best form of procedure. The removal is usually considered as surgery and is performed by an oral surgeon. With local anesthesia, we will ensure that you are comfortable during the process. Your wisdom teeth will be accessed and removed with our latest dental technologies to ensure minimal discomfort. After the removal, your anesthesia will wear off and you may begin to feel some numbness and pain.
Recovery After Removal
Following the procedure, you may experience pain in the area. Swelling is expected and possible slight bleeding. Our team will ensure that the bleeding is controlled before you leave. Within the first 24 hours, you will have to avoid spitting, brushing, flossing, or rinsing your mouth. You want to ensure that the blood clot that is forming over the removal site is intact. Also, you will have to stay on liquid meals during the first few days. Typically, the pain will not permit you to chew meals, and you should not. As tempting as it may be, you must avoid using a straw. This may dislodge the blood clot too.
Speeding Up Your Recovery Process
Recovering after the removal should take a few days. After a week, all pain and swelling should have subsided significantly. To quicken the healing, you should refrain from strenuous activities during the recovery period. Going easy is always best, as your body needs rest to heal. Also, while you may consume meals like soup, puddings, and yogurt, you should avoid hot beverages and other drinks like alcohol, soda, and coffee during this period.
Checking in for a professional examination is vital, as they can monitor the healing process. Removing your wisdom teeth should not leave you with bad memories. Our professionals are ready to help you with this process. Please reach us at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates by calling us at 214-363-9946 today.