When you’re looking for wisdom teeth removal Tulsa can count on for young adults, it’s good to understand the basics. Typically, wisdom teeth are removed when they emerge in young adulthood between the ages of 17 and 25. Often students do this during the summer season between May and August, as high school graduations commence and students return home from college for the summer. Though sometimes inconvenient, the Mayo Clinic suggests wisdom teeth removal is necessary when they cause crowding of other teeth that can damage oral health as students mature into adulthood. Additionally, if wisdom teeth are not fully erupted or are only partially erupted, they may cause oral infection or gum disease. If you’re a young adult considering whether to have your wisdom teeth removed, here’s what to expect.
Wisdom Tooth Removal: What To Expect
Your wisdom teeth are back molars that are the last to emerge in the mouth. Sometime between the ages of 17 and 25, they come in, potentially causing problems. Our ancestors had larger jaws to accommodate these extra teeth. But modern humans have smaller jaws that often do not have room for wisdom teeth.
If you have problems with your wisdom teeth emerging, your dentist may recommend that you have oral surgery. Some people have their wisdom teeth removed even before they have any problems as a preventive measure.
Needing your wisdom teeth to be removed is very common. It can take up to two weeks to recover, depending upon your individual situation. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, it may take longer.
The Day of Your Oral Surgery
The extraction of wisdom teeth is performed as an outpatient procedure; so you will arrive and leave on the same day. Patients for wisdom tooth removal can choose between local anesthesia or IV sedation during surgery, as guided by your oral surgeon, and in the case of local anesthesia you will likely wake up in the dental chair. In the case of general anesthesia, you may wake up in a recovery room.
The feeling in your mouth will slowly return as you wake up from surgery. It is normal to experience some degree of swelling and discomfort. You will likely notice some blood in your mouth during the first day of recovery. Any discomfort that you experience can normally be relieved by using a cold compress and over-the-counter pain relievers.
Once you are ready, you will be sent home. It’s a good idea to arrange for someone to drive you home, as you may still be feeling some lingering effects of the anesthesia.
Your Recovery From Wisdom Teeth Removal
It normally takes about three or four days to fully recover from wisdom teeth removal. A complete week may be required if your teeth were impacted or emerged at a difficult angle.
The surgery creates a wound that will take a few months to completely heal. You want to prevent infection from setting in, so take care and pay attention to any signs of problems.
You should be able to engage in most normal activities the day after your wisdom teeth extraction. Avoid activities that could dislodge the blood clot over the wound, including activities like:
- Strenuous exercise
- Drinking through a straw
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Swelling that worsens, rather than reduces
- Bleeding that does not stop when pressure is applied using gauze
It is normal to experience some pain, swelling, and bleeding after wisdom tooth removal. Contact your dentist right away if any pain or bleeding is unbearable or excessive. You should have noticeably improved by the third day after your surgery. Within a week, all pain and bleeding should have stopped.
In rare cases, a patient may experience post-surgical complications.
Contact your dentist if you notice any of the following symptoms:
In a day or two, you should be able to resume all of your normal activities. The main thing to remember is to take care to not dislodge the blood clot. Think of it like a scab that protects and heals the wound.
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