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Wisdom Teeth Recovery

Wisdom Teeth Recovery Tips

We get two sets of teeth; the one we have as children and a more mature set that replaces our childhood set. The wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to emerge, usually between the ages of 17 to 21, and they grow at the very back of your jaw. However, you can live comfortably without your last molars, and wisdom tooth removal is one of the more common dental procedures dentists in Parker, CO carries out. 

Most people have their wisdom teeth removed because:

  • They have been impacted – Plenty of people do not have enough room in their jaws for wisdom teeth, so they don’t come out normally. They may end up stuck in your jawbone or gums, and sometimes this can result in an infection or can cause a cyst that can damage other teeth roots.
  • Wisdom teeth may come out at the wrong angle. The wisdom teeth may press against your other teeth, resulting in discomfort and gradually causing your teeth to shift.
  • They have only partially erupted through the gums, making them harder to clean. This can lead to a build-up of bacteria and plaque that can cause oral infections and gum disease.

The decision to remove wisdom teeth isn’t always clear, and you will have to talk to the best dentist in Parker, CO, to find out what’s best for your situation. Generally, our dentists at Green Dental Care will prescribe a wisdom tooth extraction in Parker, CO if the area around that tooth experiences:

  • Pain
  • Gum disease
  • Repeated infection of the soft tissue behind the lower last tooth
  • Cysts (fluid-filled sacks)
  • Tumors
  • Extensive tooth decay
  • Damage to nearby teeth

The Wisdom Tooth Procedure

Wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively quick and easy outpatient procedure that takes around 45 minutes. However, it does require some sort of anesthesia to minimize pain, so it would be better if you had someone to drive you home afterward. The following are the types of anesthesia which may be administered before your procedure:

  • Local anesthesia. Your Parker, CO dentist, will apply a local anesthetic to numb your mouth and gums. You may also breathe in nitrous oxide or laughing gas.
  • IV sedation. The dentist will deliver sedation drugs into your vein to make you drowsy as well as numb your mouth. You won’t feel any pain and may sleep throughout the entire procedure. Dr. Cody Boals, a dentist Colorado Springs, CO, says that IV sedation is one of the more popular sedation choices. 
  • General sedation. You may either breathe in gas through a mask or have drugs delivered through your vein. You will be asleep throughout the procedure and might not wake up until an hour or two after the surgery.

Once you’re under anesthetic, the dentist will commence the procedure. If your wisdom tooth was impacted, your dentist might have to cut into your gums or bones to get to it. He will make an incision in the gum tissue and remove any bone blocking access to the tooth root. After removing the tooth, he will clean the site, remove any debris, and stitch the wound closed to promote healing. Finally, he will place gauze over the extraction site to control the bleeding and help a blood clot form.

After the Wisdom Tooth Procedure

Recovery from an extracted wisdom tooth usually takes around three days, but it may last up to a week if your tooth was impacted. If you were under local anesthesia or sedation, you’d likely wake up in the dentist’s chair. As you wake up, the feeling will slowly return to your mouth, and there may be some pain and swelling. 

On the first day after surgery, there will be some blood in your mouth, though that will reduce and eventually stop as time passes. You can use an ice pack on the side of your face to reduce swelling as soon as you’d like but only apply it ten minutes at a time. Dr. David Moghadam, an emergency dentist in Easton, PA, says swelling takes two to three days to improve, but bruising can take several days to resolve. To manage the pain, you can use an over the counter pain reliever like Tylenol. You may also use prescription pain medication, especially if the bone was removed during the procedure.

Tips for After Wisdom Tooth Recovery

You can resume normal activities on the day after the surgery but avoid strenuous physical activity for at least a week as it could dislodge the blood clot from the socket. Drink lots of water but don’t drink with a straw for at least a week as the suction could dislodge the blood clot, resulting in a painful condition called dry socket. Avoid any alcoholic, caffeinated, carbonated, or hot drinks in the first 24 hours.

When it comes to food, make sure you only eat soft foods in the first 24 hours. Avoid hard, chewy, or hot foods that might get stuck in the socket and irritate the wound. This will probably be the only time your dentist in Parker, CO, tells you not to brush or floss for an entire day. Don’t brush your teeth, spit, rinse your mouth, or use mouthwash during the first 24 hours. After that, be very gentle with your brushing, especially around the extraction wound. Our friend Dr. Ben Kacos, an endodontist n Shreveport, LA, says not to forget to rinse your mouth with salt water every two hours gently and after meals for a week. For the first 72 hours and even longer, if possible, avoid smoking. This delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

Wisdom tooth extraction in Parker, CO, is a quick and easy procedure with equally quick recovery time. With proper care, your wound will be healed within a week, and you can get back to your normal day to day routine. However, if the bleeding doesn’t stop or you experience too much tooth pain, contact Green Dental Care immediately for further treatment.

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