Tips on Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Removal
Having your Wisdom teeth taken out is not required for everyone, but it is considered a somewhat common procedure. It’s normal to feel discomfort or pain after your wisdom teeth removal.
It’s normal to feel worried or anxious before a wisdom tooth extraction. There are, however, things you can do to alleviate the discomfort and feel better. Here are some suggestions for wisdom tooth removal treatment.
Wisdom teeth removal can be considered a type of dental surgery. Part of the procedure, if necessary, involves cutting into the gums so that the dentist can gain access to the roots of the wisdom tooth and properly remove it. As you would expect, this can lead to pain and swelling after the procedure.
Local anesthesia numbs the affected area for wisdom tooth extraction. You won’t be able to feel the direct procedure, but you’ll still feel everything else and be awake.
If the thought of being awake through dental surgery makes you feel awful—dental anxiety is not uncommon—then you can talk to your dentist about being fully sedated. This will make the procedure much more comfortable and can go a long way toward easing your feelings of anxiety or dread.
There is a possibility that local anesthesia will make you feel nauseous, and your mouth will likely feel numb for several hours after the procedure.
Pain and swelling
Once the anesthesia wears off after your wisdom tooth removal treatment, you may notice pain or swelling. This is normal and will go away in a few days. If you’re concerned about the possibility of pain, ask your dentist about appropriate over-the-counter pain medications that you can take for relief.
Immediately following the procedure, bleeding from the extraction site is normal. This should, however, only lasts for a few hours. Within the first 24 hours after your surgery, blood clots will form, and the bleeding will stop.
Recovery Tips for Faster Healing
These are some things you can do to help the extraction site heal faster.
While still in the dentist’s chair, your dentist may ask you to bite down on a gauze pad to stop the bleeding. This will help clots to form faster. These blood clots are an important part of recovery, as they protect the extraction site from infection. Be mindful of biting gently. Biting down too hard may reopen the wound. It may require biting on the pad for five minutes or more to stop the bleeding.
Putting ice on your jaw or cheek can help with bruising or swelling after the procedure. Apply the ice pack for 15 to 20 minutes, remove it for 20 minutes, then repeat. Doing this often for the first couple of days will help with relieving discomfort.
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