Time to Get Wisdom Teeth Removed
As your kids become teenagers and young adults, you start to discuss the possibility of having their wisdom teeth removed with dental professionals. Some kids do not have them, but for others, as their wisdom teeth grow in it can be painful which is why we get them removed.
When getting your wisdom teeth removed, your general dentist will most likely guide you to a specialist, an oral surgeon. With that, you will have many questions. “How long is the surgery? Do I have to remove them? How bad is the recovery?” Are examples of common questions.
Every Case is Different
An answer to your question, it all depends! The dental professional will be able to assess the state of the wisdom teeth through X-Rays then choose the appropriate method of removal, anesthesia, and give an estimate on recovery time. The most important aspect to this surgery is trusting the professional and following their post-surgical instructions to avoid infection.
When one does not follow the directions, they run the risk of having dry sockets. Dry Sockets happen when the clot formed over the wound dissipates and the wound is vulnerable to food and drinks being stuck there. Don’t let this happen! It can be quite painful.
Dental Fret is Real
Day one, after having wisdom teeth removed, patients are instructed to take it easy. This includes bed rest, carefully eating soft foods (soup, mashed potatoes, yogurt, etc.,) and if drinking any liquid, not using straws.
The second day, is when you can start brushing and that includes brushing near the surgical site where the third molars once were. This leaves patients like deer in headlights! What? “You mean I can brush? Am I going to hurt the wound?”
By the third day, dental fret is real. As the patient needs to brush, but it is nerve racking! In order to avoid the risk of infection, the mouth must be cleaned including the area near the wound.
Eliminate Brushing Fear
Have no fear! You can brush without pain by protecting the wound. Mouth
-Mate Circle will cover the wound so that the patient can reach the first and second molars where biofilm and bacteria collects.
Another part of the process is irrigating the wound using a syringe. As the syringe is introduced, the circle can then used to retract the cheek so the patient can see the wound and properly treat it.
To put things into perspective, see this video below.