When wisdom teeth grow in, they often disrupt the alignment of other teeth. When this occurs, it is generally necessary to extract your wisdom teeth. This is a surgical procedure that requires a bit of preparation as well as special care afterward. The right preparation allows you to go through the procedure with minimal discomfort while facilitating recovery.
About Wisdom Tooth Extraction
First, there are a few things you should know about the procedure:
- Sedatives and anesthetic: At the very least, you will receive local anesthetic . At Lynn Dental, we also offer various sedation options to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Depending on the anesthetic technique used, you will need to make some special preparations, such as avoiding food or arranging transportation after the procedure.
- Procedure: Your dentist will begin by making an incision in the gum tissue. Any bone that is blocking the tooth is removed, and the tooth may be divided into sections if necessary. After that, the tooth is removed, the area is cleaned, and the wound is stitched up (if necessary). A gauze is then placed over the site to control bleeding and help a clot to form. The whole procedure takes about an hour.
- Recovery: With very few exceptions, you will be able to go home immediately after the procedure. Your dentist may prescribe pain medication to minimize discomfort.
In order to make sure the procedure takes place as smoothly as possible, we monitor your oral health to determine whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed and when the optimal time for that would be.
Prior to the operation, you should make the following preparations:
- Arrange transportation: If you are going to be sedated for the procedure, you will need someone to drive you home afterward. In addition, it will not be safe to drive or operate machinery for the following 24 hours, so you will need to make the proper arrangements.
- Fasting: The type of sedation or anesthetic used may cause nausea and vomiting, so it may be necessary for you to avoid eating or drinking for about 12 hours before the procedure.
- Pain management: Pain medication and an ice pack will help to minimize pain after the procedure. In addition, an ice pack will minimize swelling and bruising. You may also be prescribed a painkiller to help manage pain from bone removal, if necessary.
- Rest: Generally, you should arrange your schedule to allow you to rest for the remainder of the day after the procedure.
- Soft foods: Have plenty of soft foods such as applesauce or yogurt on hand. After about a day, you should be able to eat semisoft foods. Avoid anything that would be tough on the wound or dislodge the blood clot. In particular, avoid alcohol, caffeinated/hot beverages, spicy foods, and anything else that could be harsh on your mouth for about 24 hours. If you use tobacco, wait at least 72 hours before using it after surgery.
With the right preparation, your experience will involve minimal discomfort and inconvenience. At Lynn Dental Care, we make your comfort a priority as we offer multiple sedation options and dental care advice. To set up an appointment, contact us.