Some reasons why extraction is necessary are:
After surgery, some discomfort is normal. Analgesic tablets ( i.e. Aspirin, Tylenol etc.) may be taken under your dentist's direction. Prescription medication, which may have been given to you, should also be taken as directed. But if pain persists, call your dentist.
To prevent swelling, apply an ice pack or a cold towel to your face in the area of the extraction during the first 12 hours. Apply alternately, 20 minutes on then 20 minutes off, for an hour or longer if necessary.
There are several critical factors involved when creating a denture. Such as the size, shape and colour of the teeth, the alignment of the teeth in the jaw and the fit of the teeth with the opposite jaw. When we sit down with our patients to create the best possible fitting dentures, often it will take several visits to get it "just right" since the mouth has many uses, including speech, aesthetics, chewing and support.
Eat normal regular meals as soon as you are able after surgery. Cold, soft food such as ice cream or yogurt may be the most comfortable for the first day. It is also important to drink plenty of fluids.
Do not brush your teeth for the first 8 hours after surgery. After that, you may brush your teeth gently, but avoid the site of surgery.
Do not smoke for at least 12 hours after the extraction as it will promote bleeding and interfere with healing.
Today, with all the facilities and knowledge available to us, an extraction is the absolute last resort. At our dental center, our goal is to try and avoid this option at all costs.
Wisdom teeth get their name because they usually arrive around adulthood (17-21 years of age). Unfortunately very often, they do not fit properly in the mouth leading to other more serious, uncomfortable and costly problems.
Removal of wisdom teeth is often necessary when any of the above conditions occur. Everyone should have their wisdom teeth evaluated before age 20. Removal of wisdom teeth at an early age involves less risk to the surrounding nerves and bone since tooth roots are not fully developed and heals faster as compared to surgery later in life
Usually the surgery is followed by some swelling, difficulty in opening the mouth and difficulty in eating. The degree of discomfort will depend on the type of impaction.
If simple and straightforward, the surgery can be performed by a general dentist. If potential complications are foreseen, you should be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, a specialist in surgical removal of wisdom teeth.