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What to Expect During & After a Wisdom Tooth Extraction August 29, 2017

Sutter Creek-Plymouth, Amador
What to Expect During & After a Wisdom Tooth Extraction, Sutter Creek-Plymouth, California

While wisdom teeth removal and the following recovery period aren’t necessarily pleasant, there are many ways you can prepare for a successful experience. As an experienced dentist in Sutter Creek, CA, John Craig Stevens, DDS, highlights a few details about wisdom tooth extraction to help you feel more at ease about the process.

Guide to Wisdom Tooth Extraction

During the Procedure

To prevent pain and keep you sedated, you’ll undergo general anesthesia. You won’t feel or remember anything during the surgery, but the process typically involves the dentist making an incision into the gums and using forceps to gently rock and pull teeth out of place. Once removed, the dentist will place sutures over the incision sites to prevent bleeding and promote healing.

After the Procedure

When you come out of sedation, you’ll likely be groggy and disoriented. As such, it’s essential to have someone who can drive you home safely.

While you won’t feel anything right away, the effects of the anesthesia will eventually wear off. To prevent excessive discomfort, fill the dentist-provided pain reliever prescription ahead of time and take medication as instructed.

tooh extractionSymptoms are often the worst on the first day. To help control bleeding, carefully rinse with salt water. If you experience pain or swelling, lightly apply an ice pack to your jaw. Additionally, you’ll want to get as much rest as possible to help the body heal faster.

Recovering From Wisdom Teeth Removal

To encourage healing and avoid injury, take a few days off from school or work. Follow all the aftercare instructions your dentist provides, as they will not only speed recovery but also help you prevent a dry socket — a painful condition that occurs when a blood clot dislodges from the extraction site.

After about a week, you’ll start to feel normal but still may need to take it easy on how much you use your mouth. Your dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment to make sure the mouth healed properly.

Offering everything from teeth whitening to tooth extractions in Amador County, CA, John Craig Stevens, DDS, has the resources and expertise to provide you with reliable general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services. To learn more about Dr. Steven’s qualifications and the comprehensive services he offers, visit the clinic online. To schedule an appointment to discuss your needs, call a friendly team member at (209) 223-2070.

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