Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom Tooth Removal Treatment and Recovery after Extraction
The onset of wisdom tooth can be a little painful under normal conditions. Wisdom teeth removal becomes absolutely necessary, especially when your wisdom teeth are unhealthy or if you are at high risk of other complications. After making a comprehensive evaluation of your wisdom teeth, your dentist may suggest wisdom tooth removal treatment.
 
What Is The Procedure For Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Your dentist will first give you a local anesthesia to the teeth and the surrounding tissue to completely numb the area before extraction. Your oral surgeon may use other sedative medications such as nitrous oxide, Valium-an oral sedative or may even administer an intravenous sedative to control your anxiety. However, with oral sedative and intravenous sedative, you will not be able to drive back home and hence you need to make sure to have someone drive you back home after your wisdom teeth extraction treatment is complete.
 
Recovery after Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Recovery after wisdom tooth extraction depends upon the complexity of the extraction treatment. However, following are common recovery symptoms you may experience during the first 24 hours.
  • Light bleeding for several hours after wisdom tooth removal. Bite down firmly, a piece of clean moist gauze placed over the vacant tooth socket. As an effective alternative, use a moist tea bag. Don’t spit or rinse your mouth. Avoid hot beverages, smoking and drinking through straw, all this will leave the socket dry. If you experience heavy bleeding, consult your dentist immediately.

  • Facial swelling around the extracted tooth area. Wrap an ice cube in a cloth and place it on the swelling on your face for about 10 minutes, keep increasing the time and keep repeating the process.

  • Your dentist may prescribe acetaminophen or ibuprofen for mild pain and other heavy dose of pain killers in case of severe pain.

  • Your dentist may have suggested some antibiotics to treat wisdom tooth infection prior to extraction, so continue the medication if you have not completed the prescription.

  • Till the anesthesia wears out, stick to a liquid diet and eat soft food for couple of days. Avoid alcohol if your dentist has prescribed narcotic pain relievers.

  • Brush your teeth after 24 hours only, but gently for few days. Avoid commercial mouth rinses. 

 
Probable Complications after Wisdom Teeth Removal
Dry Socket is the most common complication that occurs if blood clot does not occur or if the blood clot gets dislodged. Dry socket occurs 3 or 4 days after wisdom teeth extraction and is usually accompanied by mild pain and foul mouth odor. Paresthesia is a rare complication that may occur if the nerves get bruised or damaged during extraction.
 
Summary
Wisdom teeth extractionis a clinical procedure carried out to extract wisdom teeth that are painful or obstructing other parts inside the mouth. Wisdom tooth extraction is carried out under local anesthesia and recovery is usually fast. Serious complications after wisdom tooth removal are very rare though light bleeding for several hours after wisdom teeth removal is quite common.