Wisdom teeth extractions are routine procedures and the most commonly performed oral surgery. However, like any type of surgery, this treatment is associated with certain post-operative risks. Here are a number of post-extraction considerations for wisdom teeth removal.
- Prevent post-operative complications: Dry sockets and infection are the most significant risks following wisdom teeth removal, but your oral surgeon can give you instructions for how to prevent these complications. For example, if you avoid drinking straws and smoking for a period of time following the procedure, you will greatly reduce your chances of developing dry sockets. You should also follow the instructions about cleaning the extraction site so that you keep bacteria in check and reduce the likelihood of an infection after your wisdom teeth are removed.
- Refrain from normal activity for a few days: You need some time to heal after any surgical procedure, including wisdom tooth extraction. Therefore, the patient must expect to spend some time away from work or school. If you hold a mostly sedentary position, you likely can return to work within a few days of having your wisdom teeth removed. If your work is physically demanding, you may need to spend a little more time recovering. Your oral surgeon may also tell you to limit any exercise for a number of weeks.
- Know the symptoms of any problems, and keep all follow-up appointments with your oral surgeon: These routine check-ins are important to make sure that your healing is proceeding as expected. If anything serious develops, bring it to the surgeon’s attention immediately.
You will get complete information about the wisdom teeth removal process as well as what you can expect from your recovery at your extraction consultation. Come prepared with a list of questions so that you can get all of the details you need. Have you scheduled a consultation yet? If not, contact our office to speak to one of our personable office staff members.