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The Wisdom Behind Wisdom Tooth Extraction

wisdom toothWisdom teeth, also known as the “third molars”, are as important as your other teeth. They’re the last to erupt, making them more prone to problems as they break through the gum tissue. Usually, wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 21.

As there is little room left in your mouth, your wisdom teeth may erupt partially or sideways. Also, they may become impacted, which leads to infection and pain. If you experience any of these symptoms, wisdom tooth extraction may be necessary.

Read on to learn the common risks involved with wisdom tooth extraction.

Bleeding

Following surgery, expect slight bleeding or redness in the saliva. To control excessive bleeding, you may rinse or wipe any old clots from your mouth. After that, make sure to put a gauze pad over the affected area. Bite it firmly for 30 minutes. To minimise further bleeding, do not sit upright and avoid exercise to be sure. Do not get too excited or agitated. If bleeding persists, call your trusted dentist for further instructions.

Pain

If you experience moderate pain, take one or two tablets of Tylenol every three to four hours. You may also take Ibuprofen three 200 mg tablets every six hours. For severe pain, however, make sure to take the prescribed pain medicine as directed. Note that this type of medicine may slow down your reflexes and make you groggy, so don’t drive or work around machineries upon taking it. You should also avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.

Swelling

Swelling around your cheeks, mouth, the sides of your face and even around your eyes is common after the procedure. It’s your body’s normal reaction to surgery. Swelling will not likely happen until the day following the procedure. To minimise swelling, apply ice packs to the area of your face where surgery was performed.

Discoloration

If you see discoloration, don’t panic. It’s normal following surgery. The occurrence of black, green, yellow or blue discoloration is due to the blood spreading beneath the tissues. This may be apparent for two to three days after surgery. To speed up the removal of discoloration, you may apply moist heat to the surrounding area.

Nausea or Vomiting

If you experience nausea or vomiting after surgery, don’t eat anything for at least an hour, including the prescribed medicine. You can take solid food and medicine as soon as the nausea subsides.

The cost of wisdom tooth extraction varies. Check with your medical insurance provider to know whether they cover the cost for wisdom teeth removal.