Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Aftercare Tips

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Wisdom teeth grow at the back of the mouth and are usually the last to erupt. Most individuals’ wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 21, but in some cases, the teeth fail to arise. Sometimes, the teeth erupt partially or incorrectly due to inadequate space.

When this happens, it is called an impacted tooth, and it can cause issues such as infection or pain. In this case, wisdom teeth extraction is necessary. Here is more information about wisdom teeth extraction aftercare tips.

Wisdom Teeth Problems

The four wisdom teeth usually erupt after the other teeth have been set into position. It can cause problems as the mouth may not have room for large teeth. It can cause the tooth to emerge partially through the gum.

The teeth can become susceptible to decay and infection. Even when wisdom teeth emerge fully, they can still cause problems. The teeth may grow at an angle, pushing against the neighboring teeth or rubbing against the gums and mouth.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, your dentist at Midtown Dental Center might recommend removal or extraction. It is a relatively minor procedure, but it can take some time to recover. The difficulty of the extraction will determine how fast the patient recovers.

Some people require stitches to close the wound. The surgery may result in pain, swelling, and bruising that takes time to heal. Some patients experience jaw tightness, difficulty opening the mouth, and dizziness from anesthesia.

The Recovery Timeline

Recovery from tooth extraction occurs gradually. The first 24 hours after the procedure are usually characterized by the formation of blood clots, and the patient may have swelling. Patients may experience pain, but medication can provide relief.

For the next two to three days, the swelling should improve. The dentist will remove any remaining stitches after seven days. Any jaw soreness and stiffness should go away within seven to 10 days. Mild facial bruising should heal within two weeks.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction - Aftercare Tips

You can do things to feel better after your wisdom tooth extraction.

  • Take medication with food to alleviate nausea and vomiting

  • Take prescribed pain medications as instructed

  • A cold compress or ice pack can help reduce swelling

  • Avoid eating foods that require chewing, and choose soft or liquid meals

  • Avoid smoking, alcohol, and hot beverages

  • Keep the head elevated during sleep to enhance comfort

  • Rinse your mouth using an antiseptic mouthwash to prevent infection (after 24 hours)

  • A warm salt water rinse can help reduce swelling and soothe the gums. You should only do this after 24 hours

Wisdom Teeth Extraction - Possible Complications

In some cases, patients develop infections after tooth extraction. Symptoms of infections include pain, swelling, high temperature, and white or yellow pus around the treatment site. Antibiotics are prescribed to treat infections.

Some patients develop a dry socket after the removal procedure. It happens when a blood clot fails to form or if it becomes dislodged. It causes throbbing, intense pain, and the dentist will need to use a dressing to cover the wound.

Proper aftercare can help prevent complications after wisdom tooth extraction. Most people can return to work after two or three days. Consult your dentist if you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain, and fever.

​​​​​​​For more on wisdom teeth extraction aftercare, visit Midtown Dental Center at our Atlanta, Georgia office. Call (404) 874-0800 to schedule an appointment today.

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