How To Care For Your Mouth After Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom tooth surgery is something that millions of people a year undergo. Even though it is common and considered minor, this surgery does require several days of recovery time afterward. Do you know how to care for your mouth after wisdom tooth surgery? Find out with Dr. John Kendrick and Dr. Jeffery Kendrick at Heritage Dental Associates in Fayetteville, GA.
Preparing For Surgery
Most wisdom tooth surgeries are outpatient procedures, meaning you are allowed to go home afterward. In most cases, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home. If necessary, take any pre-surgery medications your dentist prescribed to you as instructed. Your dentist will let you know if you should avoid taking any of your regular medications.
Wisdom Tooth Surgery in Fayetteville, GA
You will probably be under general or sedation anesthesia during the surgery. Your dentist makes an incision in the gum to expose the tooth in question. After removing the bone around the tooth’s roots, the tooth is removed using forceps. Your dentist then cleans and, if necessary, stitches the surgical site. Gauze placed over the site helps control any bleeding and promotes healing.
After the surgery, you will most likely experience some pain, swelling and bleeding. This is normal, and you should follow your dentist’s instructions on how to deal with these issues. Take any prescription medication you receive after surgery as prescribed. Follow your dentist’s instructions on how and when to change the gauze covering the surgical site. Drink plenty of water after surgery and plan to take it easy for the next few days. Eat only soft foods like yogurt or applesauce for the first 24 hours after surgery. Avoid using tobacco for at least 72 hours after your procedure.
For more information on wisdom tooth surgery or how to care for your mouth afterward, please contact Dr. John Kendrick and Dr. Jeffery Kendrick at Heritage Dental Associates in Fayetteville, GA. Call (770) 460-9795 to schedule your appointment at Heritage Dental today!