You may be intimated when you are told about your wisdom tooth extraction. Fortunately, surgery is done by oral surgeons who are very experienced in their field. So, you don’t have to worry about the procedure. The whole process is smooth, and you will have a painless extraction.
Suppose the wisdom tooth is already broken out from the surface. In that case, the dentist can easily pull it out like standard extraction. Suppose there is some abnormality in its growth and is impacted. It is more important to consult an oral surgeon than the traditional dentist in that case.
How Does It Work
If you are having an impacted tooth, then the following steps are carried out during the process:
- First, the surgeon will cleanse the gums and teeth to remove bacteria or remaining plaque signs. It is essential to remove the germs before any surgery thoroughly.
- The surgeon will make an incision on the gum. In this way, the gum above the wisdom tooth will be cut open, which can be reached easily.
- Sometimes, after the gum tissue is cut, a bone on the wisdom tooth can be seen. The bone should be removed to access the wisdom tooth.
- The surgeon will grasp the tooth and move it to see if it can easily come out from the bones and the ligaments holding it.
- If it does not come out easily, it is broken into smaller pieces and extracted one by one.
- After this, it’s time to remove it and clean it. The surgeon will completely take out the tooth and clean the gums to reduce the risk of infection.
- The tissue will be placed in their place, and they will be stitched to hold them in their place and encourage healing.
- Now, the surgeon will put gauze on the wound to promote healing. When the bleeding is stopped, a clot is formed on the gum tissue.
After surgery, you will feel some discomfort in your wound, but it is normal. You will feel some swelling both inside and outside the mouth. You will feel pain during the first week, but the discomfort will go away after two weeks. There will be stiffness in the jaws, and you will feel that it cannot be opened fully. It is advisable to use ice packs on the outside of your mouth. It will help in healing. The older you get to remove the wisdom tooth, the more pain you will experience after the surgery.
It is advisable to keep the wounded area as clean as possible for weeks following surgery. You can use a mouth wash to remove any pieces of food and debris from the wounded area. It is best not to use a toothbrush on the extraction site as it will be harsh around the wound. Eating soft foods during this time will help in quick healing. These are the steps one should take after surgery for rapid recovery.
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