The last back molars, also referred to as wisdom teeth, can cause serious dental complications if they are not taken good care of. This is mainly because they are the last molars to emerge in your mouth, and therefore they have to squeeze through the small spaces left in your upper and lower gums.
This often causes them to become impacted (not emerging fully or growing at the wrong angle). Therefore, the best solution is to have them removed immediately to avoid future complications. But most people are hesitant to remove their wisdom teeth because they do not know what to expect. This article tells you what to expect when your wisdom teeth are removed.
The Day of Surgery
Wisdom teeth removal is an outpatient procedure. This means that your wisdom teeth will be removed within a few hours so that you can be allowed to leave the clinic on the same day. However, the procedure requires local anesthesia to help you relax throughout the extraction process. Sometimes, your dentist may prefer to give you general anesthesia, especially if your wisdom teeth are severely impacted. The dentist may have to make a small incision in your gum if the impacted wisdom tooth is stuck beneath your gum.
In that case, you will take longer to recover from the sedatives. Therefore, you will be kept in the patient’s recovery room until you recover fully. If you are afraid of getting sedated without anyone you trust around you, you should take a friend, fiancé, or a family member with you when you are going for the surgery. As you slowly recover from the sedatives, you might experience mild pain, discomfort, and swelling in the surgical site. You might also have some blood in your mouth after the surgery.
After the wisdom tooth has been extracted, you will be left with an empty socket in your gum. The dentist will clean the socket and treat it with an antibacterial disinfectant to prevent bacteria buildup in the area. You will also be given instructions on how to take care of the wounds during recovery.
The recovery process is essential as it determines how long it will take for your wounds to heal completely. In most cases, full recovery from wisdom extraction takes about four days. But if your wisdom teeth were severely impacted, it might take a week or two to recover.
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