Over the years, performing wisdom teeth surgery has become more common.
For dentists, the removal of wisdom teeth is seen as more of a preventive method that can avert a host of problems. These include issues related to the sinus, jaws, gums, teeth and teeth alignment.
Often, your Shreveport dentist will recommend the removal of your wisdom teeth even if you are not feeling pain.
If your Shreveport dentist has recommended the removal of your wisdom teeth, you are probably thinking about how much time you will need to fully recover.
An overview of the procedure
The whole procedure takes about 45 minutes, starting with the application of anesthesia. The dentist performing the surgery will then make an incision either on the gums or bone in order to make the tooth more accessible. The dentist will then stitch the incision to facilitate faster healing. After a few days, these stitches will then dissolve fully.
Your dentist may also put gauze pads in the area where the wisdom tooth previously was. This will help contain the bleeding. Depending on the anesthetic used, you may be able to go about your normal routine or you may need to take some time off.
Generally, patients feel little to no pain after the procedure. Swelling and mild discomfort may occur for a few days and total recovery is achieved in a few weeks.
Taking care of yourself after the surgery
Recovery from the surgery is fairly quick. However, if you are not careful, a dry socket may develop in an area where your wisdom tooth previously was. We spoke to our friends from Horizon Dental Group about the topic.
A dry socket occurs when the blood clot formed in the area is dislodged. This can expose the nerves and bone in the affected area, resulting in pain, bad breath, fever, and swelling of the lymph nodes.
Here are 6 ways to speed up wisdom teeth recovery.
1. Keep swelling at bay
Applying a cold compress on the affected area for 20 minutes several times a day can help keep the swelling at bay. You can apply the cold compress up to two days after the procedure.
2. Contain the bleeding
Bleeding is natural, especially a few hours after the extraction of your wisdom tooth.
In order to prevent excessive bleeding, you can put a gauze pad on the affected area for 20 minutes. You can also use a moistened tea bag instead of gauze pads. The tannic acid found in tea helps facilitate faster blood clotting.
3. Keep your mouth clean
In order to prevent dislodging the blood clot, you should avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously until you still see bleeding. Twelve hours after the procedure, you can brush your teeth and rinse your mouth. However, avoid touching the area where your wisdom tooth previously was.
4. Eat (and drink) mindfully
You can eat a few hours after the surgery but you should stick with clear liquids and soft food at first. This will prevent the blood clot from getting dislodged. Avoid food that can dislodge the blood clot as well as carbonated drinks. It is also highly recommended that you use a straw when drinking.
5. Take a break
As much as possible, you should avoid strenuous physical activities like exercising for a few days after the surgery. You should also avoid smoking and excessive spitting when your gum is still bleeding.
6. Take your medicine
Your dentist will prescribe pain medications to contain your pain/discomfort and antibiotics to prevent an infection. Remember to follow your dentist’s guidelines and exercise due caution when you are under medications.