Wisdom tooth extraction is often a sound measure to prevent discomfort, dental cysts, and damage to the roots of your rear molars. Dr. John Lohner can often remove these vestigial third molars in a single outpatient appointment.
If he recommends full sedation, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home. This is even more likely to be the case if one or more of your wisdom teeth has become impacted in the gums.
Afterward, Dr. John Lohner will likely provide you with a prescription for anti-inflammatory or pain management medication. If there were any concerns of infection, Dr. John Lohner might also include a course of antibiotics.
The incision sites might bleed for the first few days after the extraction. You can help control the bleeding by biting down lightly on a small roll of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops a gentle rinse with lukewarm saltwater can remove any stray blood from your mouth.
While your gums are healing you should stick to a diet of soft foods such as applesauce, mashed potatoes, and yogurt. It’s best to avoid drinking beverages from a straw. The suction could accidentally pull blood clots loose, irritate your gums, and potentially lead to problems with dry sockets.
While your gums are healing you should abstain from tobacco use. The gum irritation can increase recovery time and potentially an infection. Your primary physician might be able to help you develop a successful cessation program.
If you live in the Cedar Hills, Utah, area and you are experiencing wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call 801-756-2006 to set up a consultation at Lexington Heights Dental.