Wisdom Teeth Removal near Indian Land, SC
Park Crossing Dentistry in Charlotte, NC provides dental services to the Indian Land community and will happily answer your questions about wisdom tooth removal Indian Land SC. Call (704) 541-5059 now.
Process of Wisdom Teeth Removal
We start by bringing you into the surgical suite, where we use equipment to make sure we monitor your blood pressure and oxygen levels during the surgery. Anesthesia is administered intravenously, and our staff monitors you to ensure that you are numb or asleep. Then your oral surgeon will make an incision into the gum, exposing the underlying bone and the tooth to be extracted.
After the tooth has been removed, your surgeon will clean the surgical site of any tooth or bone debris and then stitch the wound closed. Then they will place gauze over the extraction site to promote blood clotting, which stops the bleeding. The surgery takes about 45 minutes to an hour.
You will need someone to drive you home to Indian Land upon completion of your surgery. Do not spit after your surgery, as this can remove the blood clot. You should also not sign any legal documents for 24 hours.
Common Problems Associated With Wisdom Teeth Misalignment
Wisdom teeth misalignment is when the teeth are positioned horizontally, angled away or toward the second molars, or angled inward or outward. Misalignment can damage adjacent teeth, nerves, or the jawbone. Common problems associated with wisdom teeth misalignment include swollen gums (pericoronitis), infection (periodontitis), or tooth decay.
What Happens After Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Immediately after removing your wisdom teeth, you will be taken to your car in a wheelchair so the person driving you can take you to Indian Land. This individual will be able to take care of you with the additional instructions given from the surgeon, along with the bag of gauze handed to you before leaving the office. In the first 24 hours after your surgery, you should follow the instructions you were given about changing your gauze to allow a blood clot to form. You will also experience swelling of the mouth and cheeks, which can be alleviated with an ice pack, and, of course, continuing to take your antibiotics and oral steroids. About a week after your surgery, you will return to our Charlotte office to have your stitches removed. You may continue to feel soreness up to 10 days after your surgery. After two weeks, any bruising that was on your face should be healed.
What to Expect After Wisdom Teeth Removal
Apply ice as instructed to reduce swelling for the first 24 hours. You may feel nauseated or vomit after your oral surgery, which is normal and can be alleviated by taking medication with food. Sleep with your head elevated for the first few nights.
What to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Before your surgery, you should fill up your pantry or refrigerator for the foods that you will be able to eat afterwards. You should stick to liquids or soft foods the first few days after your surgery. We recommend stocking up on:
- Scrambled eggs
- Fruits for smoothies and milkshakes
- Mashed potatoes
Some patients start with cooked vegetables, breads, or sandwiches when they begin eating solid foods again. You want to avoid crunchy chips and hard foods for several more days.
What are Potential Postoperative Problems?
You may not think that exercising can be that dangerous after oral surgery since your teeth aren’t used for physical activity. However, you should not engage in rigorous physical activity for at least a week because it could increase blood pressure and blood flow, leading to increased bleeding at the extraction site.
Smoking can cause postoperative problems. Your blood clot needs time to heal but smoking can lead to dry socket, an excruciating condition that is preventable by not smoking while you heal. Quitting is also the best way to improve your overall health. It should be noted that some people think that a drink or smoke can help them calm down before wisdom tooth removal, but in fact, it can interfere with the way your body processes anesthesia, possibly resulting in you not being as “out” as you could have been had you not consumed drugs or alcohol. Drugs and alcohol also increase blood pressure and thin your blood, making your surgery more dangerous. You must abstain from alcohol for at least seven days before your surgery, and any illicit drugs for 14 days. Any chemicals you ingest after wisdom teeth removal can affect your post-op health.
Please call us at (704) 541-5059 if you need nearby dental care, develop fever, notice yellow or white discharge from the wisdom tooth extraction site, and bleeding.