PREPARATION FOR EXTRACTION OF WISDOM TEETH

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Preparation For Extraction Of Wisdom
Teeth:
Your dentist or oral surgeon will explain how to prepare for the procedure. For
example, if you smoke, you will be asked to stop smoking, as this increases your
risk of wound infection, which may delay your recovery.
The operation is usually performed under local anesthesia. This type of anesthesia
completely blocks the pain in your gums and you stay awake during the
procedure. If you go to a hospital and your wisdom teeth are particularly hard to
remove, you may be given general anesthesia. Your dentist or oral surgeon will let
you know what type of anesthesia is most convenient for you.
If you are given general anesthesia, you will be asked to fast. This means that you
should not eat or drink normally for six hours before the operation. However, it is
important to follow the advice of your dentist or oral surgeon.
Your dentist or oral surgeon will explain what will happen before, during and after
the procedure, and any pain you may have. This is your opportunity to
understand what will happen, and it may be useful to prepare questions about
the risks, benefits and other alternatives to the procedure. This will help you to be
informed, so that you can give your consent if you are asked to sign a consent
form to carry out the procedure.
Recovery Of Extraction Of Wisdom Teeth:
If necessary, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever, for example,
acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Follow the instructions in the patient information
leaflet that comes with the medication, and if you have questions, consult the
pharmacist. Do not take aspirin, because this can make bleeding worse.
Do not rinse your mouth vigorously for the first 24 hours after the wisdom tooth
extraction as this may disrupt the blood clots that help the healing process. You
should brush your teeth as usual, but during the first two days do not brush the
wound. At first, you may feel small pieces of bone with your tongue. These are
the edges of the tooth socket that will disappear as soon as the gum heals.
Food and drinks: To begin with, you should eat soft foods and slowly return to
your usual diet once your jaw feels less stiff.
Bleeding: If the gums bleed, fold a clean tissue or gauze, place it where the gum
bleeds and bite for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Do not rinse your mouth or lie down
until
the
bleeding
has
stopped.
Most people do not have any problems after tx wisdom teeth
extraction. However, immediately consult your dentist or family doctor if you
develop any of the following symptoms:
 Bleeding that does not stop after applying pressure or that lasts more than
half an hour.
 Difficulty in breathing or swallowing.
 High temperature.
 Inflammation that lasts for more than three days after the operation.
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