An impacted wisdom tooth can be very excruciating. In this case, wisdom tooth needs to be removed. Although treatment may differ depending on the severity of the situation, it is still advisable if you will learn what to expect and do before and after the extraction.
You will meet first with your dentist or oral surgeon to discuss what you have to do prior to the operation. Let’s say you’re a smoker, he will advise you to stop smoking as it increases your risk of getting a wound inspection.
Next, he will test you for any allergy with anesthesia. Normally, a local anesthesia is being given to help you relax during the operation. However, if removing the wisdom tooth can be very challenging, a general anesthesia will be given. This will cause you to be asleep during the entire procedure. If you will need general anesthesia, he will advise you to refrain from eating or drinking anything (except water) six hours before the operation.
You have to rest until the effect of the sedative is gone. The effect of the anesthesia may take several hours so expect for numbness in your jaw area. This will make eating, drinking and speaking challenging for you.
Once you are ready to go home, ask someone to drive or take you there. Since you will be advised by your Ontario dentist to rest, ask a friend or relative to look after you for the first 24 hours after the operation.
Follow the recommendations by your dentist. Take whatever antibiotic or painkiller that he prescribed to you. He will also prescribe a mouth rinse. Schedule in your calendar your next appointment date. Normally, you will need to go back to your dentist ten days after your surgery for a check-up and to remove the stitches that were not dissolved.
If you experience bleeding gums, put a clean folded cloth or gauze on the affected area. Bite on it for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Avoid rinsing your mouth or lying down until your gum stops bleeding.
Be gentle while you brush the affected tooth. Only use a toothbrush with soft bristles as it gently removes the plaque in the surrounding of the affected tooth. Don’t vigorously rinse your mouth as it can disturb blood clots which help the healing process.
Eat soft diet. Soft and cold foods like soft ice cream, fruit shakes, and rice porridge are highly recommended.