What is meant by wisdom tooth extraction?
Wisdom teeth are the third molars that are found on each side of the upper and lower jaw. They are the last teeth to erupt and often do not erupt but remain below the gumline. Impacted, or crowded, teeth that have not erupted cause pain and swelling. The dentist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon will extract the tooth for the patients' comfort. The extraction of a wisdom tooth takes from ten minutes to one hour.
Are wisdom teeth extractions painful?
Local anaesthesia is injected before a wisdom tooth is extracted. Patients will not feel pain during the procedure. Anxious patients are given a sedative before the procedure.
What is the recovery time after wisdom teeth extractions?
It takes up to three weeks to completely recover from a wisdom tooth extraction.
When can I travel by air after having wisdom teeth extracted?
Patients can travel by air two days after having wisdom teeth extracted, after consulting with their dentist or surgeon.
What care is required after having wisdom teeth extracted?
Patients should take all prescribed medications correctly. They should gently rinse their mouth with salt water frequently. They should not rinse their mouths or brush their teeth vigorously for a few days. Patients should sleep with their head elevated. They should avoid vigorous exercise and lifting heavy objects for at least a week. They should use ice packs to reduce any swelling. They should not eat very hot or very cold food for a few days.
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