How to Cope with Wisdom Teeth Extraction
The best way to eliminate your fear of wisdom teeth removal is by understanding the entire process and knowing how to properly care for your teeth following the surgery. Having an idea of what to expect can help you realize there is very little to worry about. Here’s what you should know about wisdom teeth extractions:
- Wisdom teeth usually grow in between the ages of 16-20. Depending on how they grow, they can negatively impact your oral health. If your molars are affecting other teeth or have become infected, you may experience severe pain and discomfort. When you visit your dentist in Winnipeg, he or she will determine if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, explain what is involved and schedule the surgical appointment for you.
- On extraction day, be sure to have a caregiver bring you to your appointment, as you may be given a general anesthesia prior to the surgery. This will prevent you from experiencing pain and remembering the procedure. While you are sedated, the dentist will remove the molars and stitch the wound. You will then be moved into a recovery room to rest until you are awake and able to speak with a nurse. Your caregiver will then need to pick you up and take you home.
- Following the procedure, your dentist will provide guidance and prescribe you the right medication to reduce any pain and swelling. Maintaining good oral hygiene during the next four to six weeks after the surgery is key, as this will help prevent any food debris and bacteria from building up in your mouth. Be sure to avoid these three activities: any strenuous actions for one week, using a straw to drink beverages and smoking for at least 72 hours.
If you are experiencing pain in the back of your mouth or jaw, call your dentist in Winnipeg at Assiniboine Dental Group to book your dental check-up. Contact us today at 204-958-4444 or schedule an appointment online and we will get back to you soon. We are currently accepting new patients.