After Extraction of Wisdom Teeth
Each patients’ reaction and procedure will be different. There may be some minor bleeding and pain when the anesthesia wears off. The swelling usually occurs at the maximum on the day following the surgery and subsides afterward. Applying ice on the first day is usually a good idea, and can have an impact on the amount of swelling on the second day.
It is important to get a lot of rest and to limit the amount of moving around for the few days following the procedure. Following the postoperative instructions is paramount.
What to Watch Out For After Surgery
Each surgery presents different possibilities, so we ask each patient in their postoperative kit to follow certain instructions and to be on the lookout for certain symptoms of complications. Upon noticing any of the complications listed in the postoperative kit, please notify our staff immediately.
One of the most major concerns after a procedure is nerve damage. If the patient is experiencing a loss of feeling in their lips, chin, face or tongue, the symptoms usually are temporary. In older patients, there is a chance that the nerve can become injured, and for all patients, there is the rare occasion that it can have lasting effects.
Another major concern for wisdom teeth removed from the upper part of the jaw is damage to the sinuses. This complication is very unlikely, but in order to prevent it, we give special instructions not to blow your nose or to sneeze with your mouth open.
Dry sockets are the most common problem post-surgery, and they usually occur when a patient does not follow the postoperative instructions. This can happen when the blood clot that forms in the socket is removed by pressure from sucking or eating. This can cause discomfort or even pain and can be treated with medication. Smoking will increase the incidence of the risk of developing dry sockets significantly and we ask our patients to refrain from smoking for ten days after surgery.
Infections may occur after surgery, although it can be rare. Usually, it will be treated with an examination and antibiotics.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are suffering from extreme pain or bleeding following a wisdom tooth extraction surgery, contact our office.