About 85 percent of adults need their wisdom teeth removed, so wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most common oral surgeries. The teeth often grow in at an angle, which prevents them from fully emerging. This can be painful and can increase your risk of an infection. Getting your wisdom teeth removed is the best option if there’s a chance the teeth will cause problems.
Some people only need one or two teeth removed, while others get all four removed at once. If you have your wisdom teeth removed at your local dentist’s office, you will probably receive local anesthesia to numb the wisdom tooth extraction area. If you have the procedure with an oral surgeon, you may receive general anesthesia so you lose consciousness for the extraction.
Your dentist or surgeon will tell you how to prepare in the days leading up to the procedure. You may need to arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery. You should also avoid eating or drinking in the hours leading up to the surgery.
During the surgery, your dentist or surgeon will cut open the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom tooth. Then, he or she will remove the bone that blocks the tooth root, loosen and remove the tooth, and clean the area. Sometimes, your dentist or surgeon will need to stitch the wound to help it heal. Soluble sutures are the most popular option for stitching because they dissolve on their own.
After the surgery, your dentist or surgeon will give you information about how to care for the surgical site as it heals. It’s normal for the site to bleed a little in the days following your surgery. However, you should avoid spitting as much as possible so the blood clot doesn’t become dislodged. Your dentist may prescribe a pain medication for your recovery, or you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Cold compresses against your jaw can also help with pain. Some swelling and bruising is normal and should go away within a few days.
You should eat only soft foods, like applesauce and yogurt, for the first day after your surgery. Once you feel like you can tolerate them, start incorporating some semisoft foods. Drink plenty of water, but avoid other beverages. Avoid drinking from a straw as it can dislodge the blood clot.
If the bleeding, pain, or swelling continue for more than a few days, contact your dentist. However, if the recovery process goes smoothly, you should feel normal again in less than a week.
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