You’ve made the choice to have your wisdom teeth extracted, and this is probably the best choice, but you may be wondering what you should expect after the procedure. This is a relatively common procedure and the outcome will typically be the same for most patients. Here’s what you can expect from the dentists. This article written with the help of dentist in orange CA Dr. Paul Athanasius.
Costs of extraction will vary from dentist to dentist. Be sure to contact your insurance provider before surgery to see if they will cover the cost of the procedure. Some insurance providers will not cover the procedure.
Of course with any surgery there will always be some amount of soreness, and in this case your jaw may be sore for a week or two. You may also experience bleeding, which is normal for a few days, but excessive bleeding that is prolonged over a few days or more is serious and you should see your dentist immediately. Keeping your head elevated and not laying flat will aid this. Also, you should try and chomp down lightly on some gauze.
You’ll want to eat soft food immediately after surgery so stock up on pudding and soups to have for a couple days. It’s important you don’t use a straw because the sucking action may prevent a blood clot from forming. Also don’t smoke for at least 1 day. Sucking on cigarettes will do the same thing as a straw and smoke may increase contaminants to the healing wound.
Sometimes you may develop one of the following conditions. In rare cases there may be some damage done to nearby teeth or crowns. Your dentist will advise you of what you should do if this kind of damage occurs. Dry socket may occur if the clot in the wound doesn't completely form or comes out. This may lead to infection, bleeding or a distinct foul odor. Paresthesia is a condition that may occur when nerves near the extraction are damaged. This results in a numbness of the tissue around the jaw that may last days, months and possibly forever. Contact your dentist if you acquire any of these symptoms. You may need to take antibiotics, especially if you are prone to infection or have a history of trouble fighting off infection.
After surgery you shouldn’t brush your teeth for a couple days. Instead you will need to clean your mouth by using a salt water solution. Just mix 8 ounces of warm water with half a tablespoon of salt, gargle, swish and spit. You may need to have stitches removed so be sure to schedule that appointment. Most wisdom teeth extractions wont require stitches, or will use a kind that dissolve over time.
You may consider getting implants in place of your wisdom teeth, or other teeth that may have been affected by the old teeth or the extraction. Implants in Placentia cost from eight hundred to one thousand dollars. Talk to your dentist or surgeon to discuss possible options and solutions for dental implants after extraction surgery. They will guide you through payment options and procedural planning if this is something that is right for you.