Wisdom teeth are usually the last set of teeth that erupts in your mouth. They are called wisdom because it is associated with advanced age, and maturity. Wisdom teeth commonly appear between the ages 15 to 25 years old, but some people may have it even beyond 30 years old. However, the appearance of wisdom teeth can be very uncomfortable to most people as this usually brings pain when eating, swelling, and a lot of discomfort. The later in age wisdom teeth erupt, the more the discomfort becomes apparent. This is because as time goes by, there will be less tendency that the jaw line provides enough space for a new set of teeth to erupt. At that time when the wisdom teeth appear, it tries to push itself forcibly through the gums just to gather enough space in the jaw line. This is when the discomfort becomes intense. Also, some wisdom teeth remains buried under the gums which is called impacted wisdom teeth. In this case, pain is even more intensified. For this reason, most people try medical interventions in order to lessen the discomfort they feel. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most commonly employed surgical intervention. This article will provide some details regarding what to expect during post wisdom teeth removal.
During post wisdom teeth removal, it is normal for a person to feel a little bit of discomfort. This discomfort can usually last hours after the procedure even for a few days. A patient may feel numbness to continue for the next few hours after the operation, and this is because of the anesthesia that was applied. Also, a patient may feel little pain and discomfort especially when he or she resumes eating. This is the reason why dentist will often ask a patient to eat soft or liquid foods temporarily to avoid aggravating pain.
Another thing a person may feel during post wisdom teeth removal is the occurrence of minor bleeding in the gums. A dentist will usually place cotton in the extraction site to absorb the blood that comes out. Also, the dentist may ask you to chew ice temporarily so as to minimize the bleeding tendencies.
Medications will also be given to you as part of the post wisdom teeth removal treatment. Since there is an extraction of the teeth, there is also the possibility of infection. That is why antibiotics will be given to you in order to kill any microorganisms that can enter the extraction site. Analgesics will also be given and the dentist will ask you take these for 7 or more days. Analgesics are taken in order to decrease the pain a patient may feel and also helps you eat with less discomfort. Lastly, a dentist may also prescribe mouth wash or anti septic solutions to be taken in order to minimize infection.
These are just some of the few things to expect during post wisdom teeth removal. Be sure that if any symptom persists or get worsen, you need to consult a dentist right away.