When the dentist tells that wisdom teeth removal is needed, he or she will refer the patient to a professional oral surgeon. The surgeon will be the one to work and perform on the wisdom teeth removal in his clinic. Usually, it takes only a few days for the patient to heal and get back to normal completely.
The usual reasons for wisdom teeth removal
The wisdom teeth are the third set of molars located at the back of the mouth. Usually, they come out ages 17 to 25, and they are seen and spotted through x-rays. The usual reasons why wisdom teeth removal is required are:
- The wisdom teeth are impacted – Since the teeth are located far back of the mouth, they may not come out normally. The teeth can be trapped either in the gums or jawbone, which can be extremely painful
- The teeth come in at an unusual or wrong angle – The wisdom teeth may come in pressing against other teeth. Not only that it is painful, but it can damage the other healthy teeth
- Mouth is not big enough – If the jaw has no available space or room for another set of molars. If the mouth is not big enough to accommodate another molar, there is no choice but to give it up
- The patient has gum disease or have existing cavities – if dental floss or a toothbrush cannot reach the wisdom teeth
So, after wisdom teeth removal there are things needed to do and avoid to fasten the healing process.
The Do’s After Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Using an ice pack on the face can help to curb swelling and skin color changes
- For a sore jaw, apply moist heat
- Exercise the jaw by gently opening and closing the mouth
- Eating soft foods like rice, soup, or pasta is recommended
- Take lots of fluids
- Do not brush the teeth against any blood clots
- Start brushing teeth the second day after wisdom teeth removal
- Make sure to take all medications prescribed by the surgeon to avoid swelling and ease the pain
- If the swelling or pain does not subside or improve, make sure to give the doctor a call
The Don’ts After Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Do not drink using a straw. Sucking could loosen blood clots that are responsible for faster healing process
- Do not rinse the mouth harshly. Doctor may advise using salt water for flushing
- Do not eat crunchy, sticky or hard foods that could scratch the wounds
- Do not smoke, as it can slow the healing process
Following the tips above can help patients who had wisdom teeth removal get healed the soonest time. Ask the professional oral surgeon on other tips they may share after the procedure to ensure that healing process will happen faster.