Removal Of Wisdom Teeth
The removal of wisdom teeth is a very common practice we see today. Wisdom teeth can be problematic as they may be impacted (coming in at an angle), or they may only emerge partially and subsequently lead to the infection known as Pericoronitis. In such case, it’s advised that they be removed.
Extraction can involve the removal of a single tooth or multiple teeth. Before beginning the procedure either a local or a general anesthetic is used to ensure a pain-free procedure. The gum tissue around the tooth is cut to expose and extract the tooth, and then the extraction site is cleaned and closed.
Anesthesia takes time to wear off, so you will need to be driven home. The extraction site will bleed for some time following surgery so you’ll want to change gauze as necessary. You’ll want to get ample rest after the procedure, and you may do so by sitting or laying in a position that keeps your head elevated. Pain medication may be taken as directed, and a cold compress or ice pack may be used to help with pain and swelling.
Foods For Wisdom Teeth Extractions
We would suggest sticking to soft foods for a few days, such as:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice Cream
- Thin Soup
- And other foods that don’t require chewing.