Preparation For And Care After Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

12 February 2015
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

Wisdom teeth grow in while a person is in the mid-teen years. If a person's mouth is too small, the wisdom teeth can grow in at an angle, with the top of the tooth facing the front of the mouth. This positioning can push your other teeth toward the front of the mouth, and this pressure can cause pain and movement. To avoid problems with your bite, it is usually beneficial to have wisdom teeth removed. As with other oral surgeries, having wisdom teeth removed presents the risk of complications, so it is important to prepare for your surgery and to take time to recover properly. 

Preparations for Surgery

Pulling teeth is unpleasant even if you have received local anesthesia. The oral surgeon will still have to yank on teeth with dental clamps in order to get the roots to release. Some drilling might also be necessary. To facilitate the process and spare your self from unpleasantries, it is not a bad idea to be put under.

To avoid problems with anesthesia, a dental surgeon will most likely recommend that you fast for at least twelve hours before your surgery. Having as little as a cup of water in your stomach or a few pieces of popcorn in your stomach is enough to cause complications with your anesthesia, so to avoid wasted time while you reschedule as well as any fines your surgeon might impose for canceling, you will want to observe pre-surgery procedures carefully. 

Aiding Proper Recovery

After your surgery, the sites where your wisdom teeth were removed will be swollen and tender. Something as simple as sucking on a straw can cause bleeding, so you will want to be careful with your activities. Thus, you should be prepared to take at least a couple of days to convalesce. Once you get through the first forty-eight hours, you can start to work some exertion into your daily routine. 

Having your wisdom teeth removed is generally not a pleasant experience, but you can take steps to make it easier for yourself. Those who don't heed surgeons' recommendations for proper preparation and recovery risk serious complications. While no one should look forward to pain, you might as well make the most of your wisdom-teeth removal and use the opportunity to take a few days to catch up on your reading or on your online video bingeing. 

For more information, contact a business such as Russel Bleiler DDS.