Wisdom Teeth Extraction
The appearance of third molars can be a real problem for many people: they bud around the age of sixteen and they keep erupting till the age of twenty four, sometimes interfering with the proper dental functions. The most common cases of wisdom teeth extractions are caused by the incorrect development of these molars and their affecting the entire dental structure of the jaw or the maxillary. In case infections may appear in the area, the surgical intervention is usually postponed until complete clearance of germs, so as to avoid the risk of further complications. Wisdom teeth extraction is planned ahead and it is performed only under the effect of a local anesthetic.
When the dentist decides to make the wisdom teeth extraction with the help of a general anesthetic, then, you'll be most surely numb or asleep during the intervention. Mention should be made here that sometimes, the doctor may warn you not to eat or drink anything at least twelve hours before the wisdom teeth extraction, in order to prevent digestive reactions, more precisely vomiting, due to the effect of the anesthetic. A wisdom teeth extraction often requires the use of stitches afterwards, particularly if the extracted molars are large. Such measures reduce the bleeding risk and allow the rapid healing of the area.
After the wisdom teeth extraction there may be a few days necessary for recovery: you could even be prescribed painkillers to help you better manage pain. However, take into consideration the following facts that could help you heal better. First of all, keep a gauze pad on the operated area in case you bleed, and change it periodically as it gets soaked. Right after the surgery, the tongue and the inside of the mouth will be numb, therefore the risk to bite yourself is pretty high. Don't chew and speak slowly. Do not perform any strenuous physical activity after the wisdom teeth extraction as you may increase bleeding.
Try to stay away from solid food in the first few days following the wisdom teeth extraction: soup, pudding and tea are usually recommended together with any other soft food. Do not drink milk or eat sweets as they create a proper environment for the development of germs and bacteria, and with an open wound inside of the mouth, you can easily get an infection. Constantly washing your mouth with salty water can help reduce the irritation and the swelling in the area. Last but not least, any wisdom teeth extraction should be taken seriously, and regular visits to the dentist may be necessary for the proper monitoring of the condition.