As your wisdom teeth start growing, they might impact the adjacent teeth, shifting their alignment and possibly causing other symptoms such as headaches and TMJ discomfort. Also, due to its location and lack of accessibility, food and bacteria will get caught and result in the neighbouring tooth, which may result in decay or even infection. Wisdom teeth are, in most cases, not necessary for functional performance, and might affect the maintenance of good oral hygiene at the site, so getting them removed as soon as possible might be in your best interests. Your dentist will be the one to determine the need for this procedure.
What to Do Before the Extraction Appointment?
Relax, we will make sure that your procedure is going to be done in a stress- free environment and in full relaxation. Take any prescribed medication as usual and remember to brush your teeth regularly. Enjoy the food that you like the most the night before the appointment, as you will be on a soft diet for a few days after the surgery. Prepare ice packs to be used to relieve pain after the procedure and stock some probiotic products to be taken with the antibiotics you will be prescribed. Lastly, set up a recovery area with elevated seating and distractions to keep you entertained for a few days.
What to Expect After the Procedure
You are not going to be fully comfortable after your wisdom tooth removal, especially if your case is a challenging one. We highly recommend having someone to care for you for the next 24 hours. You will be prescribed enough pain medications to suppress the pain to the minimal possible level. Antibiotics will also be prescribed along with medication to mediate swelling. Self- dissolving sutures will be placed, and a follow-up appointment will be set according to the dentist’s recommendation. Written and verbal instructions will be provided to you after the procedure.
What Not to Do Afterwards
There are several things you will not be able to do for a few days after wisdom teeth. Following your surgery, avoid using straws, spitting, smoking, brushing your teeth at the site, rinsing your mouth or eating solid foods for the next 24 hours. Minimize exposure to sunlight or any heat source for a few days, and do not do any vigorous physical activity for a few days after surgery.
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If you have a hard time breathing or swallowing, are excessively bleeding, find pus at the removal site, are suffering from fever, sensation loss, or excessive pain or swelling three or more days later, then call our emergency line.
Alba Dental, London, Ontario
At Alba Dental, we offer our patients general and cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, wisdom teeth extraction, dental implants, Invisalign, Fastbraces and much more. Our London dental clinic accepts patients of all ages, so give us a call or visit our website to book an appointment today!