What to expect when you get your wisdom teeth removed?

  • If you take the decision to get your wisdom teeth extracted, you would like to know what to expect during and after the procedure. Talk to your dental professional to be sure you understand the procedure and the after-care instructions. Once the wisdom teeth are out, the recovery time after surgery depends on the type of anaesthesia given. Recovery time for Sedation anaesthesia & General Anaesthesia is longer than for Local anaesthesia which is usually quick and is on the dental chair. The sedation dentistry helps people relive their fears and if you’d like to find out more about the length of wisdom teeth removal check out this article.

After the surgery you need to follow the instructions given by your Dentist/Oral Surgeon on:

  • Bleeding: Some bleeding may happen on the day after the surgery and it is normal. Try to avoid rigorous rinsing and spitting to prevent the blood clot from dislodging. Replace the gauze over the surgical site as required or advised by the dentist.
  • Pain Management: You will experience pain after the anaesthesia effect wears off. Pain can be managed with Analgesics and Antibiotics prescribed by your Dentist/Oral surgeon. Prescription medicines are highly required especially if a part of bone is removed during the surgery. Using cold packs over the jaw may also relieve pain.
  • Swelling: Swelling in the cheek zone and both inside and outside the mouth, is normal. It is more severe and intense for the initial 2 days, after which it will progressively reduce. It tends to be eased by utilising ice packs, beginning soon after the extraction procedure. 
  • Exercise/Activity: Maximum rest and care is needed for the rest of the day after the surgery. Ordinary exercises can be resumed the following day, yet for a week strenuous activity much be avoided that may bring about disturbing or losing the blood clot from the extraction socket.
  • Food: It is best to consume soft foods like yogurt, porridge and cold foods like ice-creams & juices for the first 24-48 hrs. Hot, spicy and hard foods should be avoided as it may dislodge the blood clot and cause irritation to the extraction socket. Avoid alcohol, hot, caffeinated, and carbonated drinks for the first 24-48 hrs after surgery.
  • Brushing: Try not to brush your teeth, wash your mouth, spit or use mouthwash during the initial 24 hours after the wisdom teeth extraction. Normally you’ll be advised to continue brushing your teeth after the initial 24 hours. Be especially delicate and careful close to the extraction site when brushing and tenderly wash your mouth with warm salt water at regular intervals and after dinner for seven days.
  • Smoking: Smoking and chewing tobacco should be strictly avoided for at least 72 hrs after the surgery and if possible, for a longer duration. Failure to do so after the surgery will lead to delayed healing and other complications.
  • Stitches: You may or may not have stitches after the surgery. If you have, they may dissolve within few weeks or you may have to schedule an appointment with your dentist to get them removed.

This summary of expectations should give you clarity around whats involved when going through wisdom teeth removed.

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