Commonly Asked Questions About Wisdom Teeth Extraction Aftercare

Commonly Asked Questions About Wisdom Teeth Extraction Aftercare from Smiles Dental Care in Mountain View, CAPeople often have wisdom teeth extraction performed when these teeth come in behind the second molars of the upper and lower jaw. Wisdom teeth appear between the ages of 17-25 and may crowd the other teeth, causing pain and possibly changing the bite of the teeth. Those who undergo an extraction often have questions about how to properly care for the empty sockets afterward.

What can be expected of the recovery process? 

After the extraction of a wisdom tooth, the recovery process can vary from person to person, depending on the difficulty of the extraction and recuperative ability. Other factors may impact the recovery time, including: 

  • The removal of crooked or impacted wisdom teeth 
  • The rest patients allow themselves 
  • How well patients follow aftercare instructions 

Individuals who undergo wisdom teeth extraction usually receive a list of actions they should and should not do. However, these patients may have additional questions related to the instructions and wonder which actions could help them heal more quickly. 

What may cause renewed bleeding? 

After surgery, patients generally have to hold a section of gauze in place where the empty sockets now sit. This may take several hours. After a clot forms, the gauze can be removed carefully, but the holes must be treated with care to prevent renewed bleeding. Heavy exercise, smoking, and eating anything but soft foods may dislodge the clot or stitches, so review the list of approved activities and foods offered by the dentist immediately after returning home to prevent bleeding problems. 

How many days are required to heal? 

Unless the extraction was especially difficult, most patients usually recover within three to four days. Recovery may occur more quickly with adequate rest and proper care of the empty sockets. Returning to work may depend on how strenuous a patient's job is, such as whether any heavy lifting is required. Patients with labor-intensive jobs, like those in construction, may want to take an extra day or two to ensure a complete recovery. 

Are complications possible? 

After a wisdom teeth extraction, complications are unlikely to arise when patients follow aftercare instructions. Patients who experience terrible pain, extreme swelling, numbness, or excessive bleeding that does not stop with the pressure of a gauze pad may return to the dentist's office to have the extraction areas examined for infection. A sudden fever can also indicate such an infection, along with leakage of pus from the extraction areas. 

What is a dry socket? 

A dry socket occurs when patients dislodge the blood clot that forms over the extraction area and leaves it open. When this occurs, the likelihood of infection and pain increases. Cleaning the areas gently can prevent this from happening. 

Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Mountain View, CA

Conclusion 

Wisdom teeth extraction can relieve the pain of crowded teeth or a moderate impaction. While the recovery time varies from person to person, careful treatment of the surgery area, along with following the dentist's instructions for aftercare, helps ensure a quick and uncomplicated recovery. 

Request an appointment or call Smiles Dental Care at 650-563-1180 for an appointment in our Mountain View office.

Recent Posts

Impacted Wisdom Teeth - Unable To Break Through The Gums

Wisdom teeth cannot fit in the mouth. Four of your adult teeth are wisdom teeth. These teeth erupt after the second molars are already set in the back of the mouth. Because of this, wisdom teeth do not erupt the right way. Some of them cannot even break through the gums. If you want to…

FAQs About Wisdom Teeth

Dentists regularly field questions about wisdom teeth from patients and young patients’ parents. If you are approaching the age when extracting these teeth is common, you may be curious as well. There are a lot of reasons why dental professionals recommend removing these molars. As you understand more about these teeth, you may realize why…

Risks Of Wisdom Teeth And Gum Disease

If you have wisdom teeth coming in, it may be a good idea to talk to your dentist. Removing these teeth might be the right option so that you can avoid pain and discomfort. There often is not enough space for these teeth to grow in properly. This creates a host of concerns and health…

Recent Posts

Popular Cosmetic Dental Services

Popular Cosmetic Dental Services

Cosmetic dental services are procedures people turn to when they want to improve the way their smile looks. Dentists can do various things to improve smile color, alignment, and proportions. This means those unhappy with their smile can do something about it. If you have considered cosmetic dentistry but want to know more, here is…

A General Dentist Shares Daily Tips To Prevent Bad Breath

A General Dentist Shares Daily Tips To Prevent Bad Breath

A general dentist shared some ways to help prevent bad breath. This is a topic no one wants to discuss. Bad breath happens to everyone at one point or another. If you take proper precautions, you can avoid having bad breath. We should openly talk about this taboo topic. The more we talk about it, the…