It is a fact that after a wisdom tooth is extracted out, one may come across the following: pain and/or swelling in the gums and tooth socket from where the extraction was done; bleeding in the area which lasts for more than a day after the extraction was done; it is difficult to open your jaw; and gums are slow to heal.
Give an overview for wisdom tooth extraction
An oral or a maxillofacial surgeon is the dentist who does wisdom tooth extraction. The procedure can be done at the dental office as well in most cases. Sometimes, the surgery needs to be done in the hospital, especially if all the wisdom teeth need to be pulled out.
At times, a person has infections or damage to the tooth or teeth. In such cases, the dental surgeon usually asks a patient to wait it out till the infection is cured. For this, he or she may ask the patient to take a course of antibiotics for a given number of days.
During the actual procedure for wisdom tooth removal, first, the area is numbed. A general anesthetic also may be used at certain times, and this usually happens when all the wisdom teeth need to be removed or pulled out. This will enable a person to sleep during the procedure and not be aware of any pain or discomfort during this time. For this, the dentist may ask the patient to not eat or drink anything past midnight on the day before the procedure being performed.
For actual removal, the dentist needs to open up the gum tissue over and above the tooth and even remove any piece of bone which is covering up the tooth. He or she also may need to separate out the tissue which links up the tooth with the bone and then go in for tooth removal. At times, the dentist may even opt to cut up the wisdom tooth or teeth into several smaller sections to make the whole job of pulling them out a bit easy.
It is a fact that after wisdom tooth is removed, one may need stitching up of the area. Some stitches are such that they dissolve up with time and have to be removed within a few days of the procedure. It is for the dentist to tell the patient of all such details. A folded gauze pad is put over the site where the tooth was plucked out from, and the patient may be expected to bite it down hard to give pressure to the underlying tissue so that the bleeding will stop.
A patient can take some steps to ensure that they recover a bit quickly from the after effects of wisdom tooth extraction. First, they may be asked to not bite the inside of the cheek or lip or even the tongue. Also, do not lie on your back. Try to make use of an ice pack on the outside portion of the cheek for about fifteen to twenty minutes every few hours for the first one day.
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