Having your impacted wisdom teeth removed is one of the most common surgeries that most people have completed. It is almost seen as a right of passage when moving from your teenage years into your adulthood. Whether you have impacted wisdom teeth, are just curious about wisdom teeth symptoms, or maybe your dentist has recommended having your wisdom teeth removed, let this be your guide to let you recover from wisdom tooth removal swiftly. We will even help you to better understand why you need to have your wisdom teeth removed and what possible symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth may be.
How Many People Need Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?
The American Dental Association recommends that people that have impacted wisdom teeth get them removed before the age of twenty (20). With at least eighty (80) to ninety (90) percent of all people having at least one wisdom tooth that is impacted, this probably includes you, if you have not already had yours removed.
Why Do I Have to Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
The most common reason for wisdom tooth removal is if that wisdom tooth is impacted. An impacted wisdom tooth can cause pain, infection, and decay. Additionally, if an impacted wisdom tooth is left too long, it can cause damage to the surrounding bone, or a cyst can form around the tooth.
What are Common Symptoms of an Impacted Wisdom Tooth?
The most common symptom with wisdom tooth impaction is the pain. There can be other symptoms associated with an impacted wisdom tooth, but the most common is pain in the jawbone. Outside of this, one may notice an unusual smell coming from the mouth or pus from around the molar area. This is due to the impacted tooth trapping bacteria next to the adjacent tooth.
What are the Common Complications from Wisdom Tooth Surgery?
As with any other surgery, wisdom tooth surgery comes with the possibility of risks and complications. These risks and complications typically include discomfort, swelling, and bleeding; however, there are some more specific risks and complications that may be expected from wisdom tooth extraction, in particular. More common risks and complications for wisdom tooth surgery include dry socket, infection, and damage to the jawbone, nerves, or sinuses.
Although these are more common risks, you should call attention to your oral and maxillofacial surgeon if you notice some more significant symptoms.
Included in these more significant symptoms may be difficulty swallowing or breathing, fever, excessive bleeding, or persistent pain. In addition to this, if your notice increasing swelling, persistent numbness, or blood or pus in your nasal discharge, these are symptoms that need more immediate attention from your oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
How Long Will Discomfort Last Following Your Wisdom Tooth Surgery?
Discomfort will vary from patient to patient, as it does with any surgical procedure. Initially, your discomfort will be managed by the anesthesia used for the surgical procedure but will wear off before discharged.
The initial recovery period for wisdom tooth surgery is three (3) to five (5) days. During this time, you may experience minor discomfort. This can be relieved through your post-operative pain management protocol.
The most common post-operative symptoms following wisdom tooth removal are:
- And bruising.
What Will Be Included in Your Post-Operative Pain Management Protocol?
Although post-operative instructions will vary from patient to patient, the basis for pain management protocols is to manage swelling and to stay ahead of your discomfort.
Management of swelling typically involves the use of ice packs and anti-inflammatory medications. If your discomfort is too much to handle with just anti-inflammatories and ice packs, your surgeon may add a mild narcotic to relieve these symptoms.
Will You Be Able to Eat Normal Foods Following Your Wisdom Tooth Surgery?
Immediately after your wisdom tooth surgery, you will be on a soft food and liquid diet. It may take several weeks for you to return to a normal diet. In the meantime, your mouth will be in a very delicate state. To help relieve your mouth from any discomfort, a soft food and liquid diet will be one of your greatest allies.
Foods that are typically included in a soft food and liquid diet are:
- Mashed potatoes;
- and Scrambled eggs.
You may also want to include smoothies in your diet to get adequate caloric and protein intake. Most patients will need between 2,800 and 3,000 calories per day and between 1.0 and 1.5 mg/kg/day for optimal healing.
Though Your Wisdom Tooth Surgery Recovery, We Are Here for You!
It is important to note that your care is not over once your surgery is over, even if you don’t require a post-operative appointment. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon is here for you for any complications that may arise or any questions you may have. If this should happen, contact us at Arkansas Maxillofacial Surgeons.