When it comes to dental problems, one of the most common ones is wisdom tooth. Wisdom teeth are normally removed because they’re located too far at the back of the mouth, making them a great source of discomfort. They are also often hard to reach with a toothbrush hence they’re prone to developing cavities Doc V Lee.
Anyway, most people want to have them removed even if the process can be quite complex because these teeth serve no real good purpose. The actual wisdom teeth removal is definitely a big production but since it’s performed by highly trained dentists, patients simply rest in assurance that the procedure will go smoothly.
The concern is usually focused on the recovery period because that’s when complications may arise and it’s the responsibility of patients to prevent those. If you’re up for wisdom teeth removal, dentists have instructions on how to manage the after-effects of the procedure and reduce the risk of complications.
To control bleeding which mostly occurs on the day of the removal but may also happen when food or outside objects makes contact on the affected area, rinse first with water, avoid spitting too much and then cover the “open” sockets with small cotton logs until bleeding stop and blood clots. Also to prevent bleeding, stay away from hot beverages and drinking with a straw within 24 hours since the extraction. If you smoke, abstain for as long as you can as well.
To manage the pain, take acetaminophen like Tylenol or the prescription medication provided by the dentist according to specified dosage instructions. A non-toxic option is to hold a cold pack against your jaw – this is usually effective in numbing the pain. For bruising and swelling, an ice pack will definitely help; just hold it over the area and your swollen cheeks will reduce in size in two to three days. Bruising takes longer to heal though but an ice pack will remain to be your trusty aid.