The removal of third molars is essential for the protection of your oral health. At Lake Center Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we perform the simple extraction of wisdom teeth for teens and adults. There are some frequently asked questions our patients ask before and after the procedure that we want to answer for you.
How should I prepare for wisdom teeth extraction?
After a consultation with our dentists and taking the necessary X-rays, you will be scheduled for extraction. You should plan time off from work or school to have the surgery and to rest afterward. Healing time may take a couple of days off from work as well.
Depending on the type of sedation or anesthesia needed, you may be numb or asleep during surgery. This medicine takes some time to wear off, so driving yourself home is not an option. Ask a trusted friend or family member to take you to and from your extraction appointment.
What Should I Expect After Surgery?
You may feel sore and woozy after surgery. Having someone spend time with you after your appointment is essential to keeping the site clean and you comfortable. You may have little to mild discomfort and swelling for three days or so, but your mouth may need a few weeks to completely heal.
During the first three days after surgery, here are some tips for a quick recovery:
- Avoid foods that may get stuck in the extraction site, consider softer food instead
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid brushing your teeth after surgery
- Change your gauze every 30 minutes until bleeding subsides
- Do not drink through a straw as the action can loosen blood clots
- Apply an ice pack for swelling
It is important to take the time to rest as your jaw heals. Prohibit any type of major physical activity for first three days of surgery.
Common Symptoms to Watch Out For
Numbness in the jaw, sore throat, dizziness, or a slight fever are common symptoms you may experience as you heal from wisdom teeth extraction. However, if you are experiencing a fever three to five days after your procedure, please contact your dentist immediately as this could be a sign of an infection.
Contact Us to Learn More!
Removing wisdom teeth protects the health of your smile and the alignment of your bite. Although wisdom teeth extraction occurs for patients between the ages of 17-24, it is important to consider the health benefits of the treatment even after those ages. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation about your third molars, contact Dr. Tadros at Lake Center Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today!