One of the most common oral surgeries performed by dentists is wisdom teeth extractions. Wisdom teeth come in at a later point in life and can often come in at unnatural angles which causes them to not break the surface and become impacted.
The majority of Wisdom Teeth extractions take place in a dentist’s office unless there is a higher risk of complication, then it might take place at a hospital instead. After a consultation, your dentist can also prescribe antibiotics if an infection is present.
The procedure is relatively simple. After the area is numbed and/or the patient is sedated, the dentist will open the gum tissue to separate the tooth from the bone. In some cases, stitches may be necessary to ensure there is no additional bleeding.
The first focus is to help the stoppage of any bleeding and encourage the forming of the blood clot. Gauze is placed near the site of extraction, and you will be asked to bite down occasionally on the gauze. This helps to absorb any blood and prevent it from being swallowed. If the gauze gets filled, swap it for a fresh piece. The bleeding will reduce little by litter for the first 24 hours, and if it continues, always reach out to your dentist.
To reduce swelling; apply an ice pack every 10-15 minutes. For pain reduction, a warm washcloth can be used for 2-3 days after the extraction. Salt water rinses are also ideal to keep the area clean and avoid infection. This will help to reduce the swelling of the gum an help lower the pain as well.