Wisdom Tooth Extraction – Precautions and Recovery Period

Redhaired ginger female with pain grimace holding white wisdom tooth after surgery removal extracted of a tooth

While many teens and some adults are removing their wisdom teeth, there are other reasons why in adulthood tooth extraction may be essential.

Excessive decay of the tooth, tooth infection, and crowding may involve extraction of the tooth. Those who get braces may need to remove one or two teeth as they move into location to provide space for their other teeth. In addition, those experiencing chemotherapy or on the verge of having an organ transplant may need to remove damaged teeth to maintain their body healthy.

Tooth extraction or wisdom teeth removal in OKC is performed by a dentist or oral surgeon and is a relatively quick ambulatory procedure with either local, general, intravenous or combination anesthesia. It’s an easy extraction to remove visible teeth. Teeth that are broken or affected below the surface need a more involved operation.

Preparation for Extraction

Your dentist will bring an X-ray from your tooth before planning the operation. Be sure to inform your dentist what medicines you are taking, as well as vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter medicines.

Tell your dentist for wisdom teeth removal in OKC if you will soon be treated for another medical condition involving a drug called bisphosphonate. If so, the removal should be performed prior to the drug therapy, or your jaw may be at danger of osteonecrosis (bone death).

Also, tell your dentist about any of the conditions like liver issues, hypertension, adrenal disease, thyroid issues, immune disease, heart problem, diabetes etc.

Recovery Period of Tooth Extraction

After a tooth extraction, it usually requires a few days to recover. The following steps assist to guarantee a smooth recovery.

  • Apply an ice pack to your cheek directly after the procedure to reduce swelling. Use the ice pack every 10 minutes.
  • Bite down once dentist puts gauze pad over the impacted region to decrease bleeding and help in the formation of clots. Leave the gauze on for three to four hours, or until the pad is soaked with blood.
  • Take any prescribed medication, including over – the-counter painkillers.
  • The first 24 hours of rest and relaxation. Do not jump immediately into your regular routine the following day.
  • Don’t use a straw for the first 24 hours.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Do not rinse and spit only softly for 24 hours after the tooth extraction.
  • Use pillows when you lie down to prop up your head.
  • Brush your teeth and floss as usual but prevent the site of extraction.
  • Eat soft foods like yogurt, chicken and applesauce the day after the operation.
  • After 24 hours, add eight ounces of warm water with half a teaspoon of salt to rinse your mouth.
  • You can slowly reintroduce other foods into your diet when you cure over the next few days.

Contact Dr. Wooten at Oral and Facial Surgery of Oklahoma for wisdom teeth removal in OKC.

**Disclaimer: This site content is not intended to be medical advice nor establishes a doctor-patient relationship.

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