Lets talk about Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that many individuals undergo to alleviate pain, prevent complications, and ensure overall oral health. If you’re scheduled for a wisdom tooth extraction or considering the procedure, understanding what to expect can help ease any anxiety or uncertainty. At Renew Dental Lounge, we want to  provide a walk through of the process from pre-surgery preparations to post-operative care.

Preparation:

  1. Consultation: Your journey typically begins with a consultation where we will assess  your individual needs. We will assess your dental health, take X-rays, and discuss the best course of action.
  2. Anaesthesia Options: You’ll likely have a choice between local anaesthesia, sedation, or general anaesthesia. Together we can discuss which is right for you.

 

The Day of the Procedure:

  1. Fasting: You will be required to fast for a certain period before the surgery, if you’re undergoing general anaesthesia. If you’re having local anaesthetic, it’s best to have a light meal beforehand.
  2. Procedure Overview: The actual extraction involves removing one or more wisdom teeth. The duration depends on the complexity of the extraction.

 

During the Procedure:

  1. Pain Management: You shouldn’t feel pain during the extraction due to the chosen anaesthesia. However, you might experience pressure and pulling sensations.
  2. Communication: Don’t hesitate to communicate with us during the procedure. We can adjust anaesthesia levels or address any concerns, we want you as comfortable as we can.

 

After the Procedure:

  1. Post-Operative Care Instructions: We will go through detailed instructions for the initial days, covering topics like managing swelling, pain, and bleeding.

 

Recovery and Healing:

  1. First Few Days: Expect some swelling and discomfort, which can be managed with over the counter medications and cold compresses.
  2. Dietary Restrictions: You may need to stick to soft foods for a few days and avoid certain activities to promote optimal healing.

 

Potential Complications:

  1. Infection: Recognizing signs of infection and seeking prompt treatment is crucial.
  2. Dry Socket: Understand the risk factors and symptoms of dry socket, a potential complication following extraction.

 

Long-Term Oral Care:

  1. Oral Hygiene: Maintaining proper oral hygiene is crucial during the recovery period and beyond.
  2. Monitoring Healing: Pay attention to the healing process and report any unusual symptoms to the team at Renew Dental Lounge.

 

By understanding the various stages of wisdom tooth extraction, from preparation to recovery, you can approach the procedure with greater confidence. Remember to follow your oral surgeon’s instructions diligently and prioritise your oral health throughout the healing process. If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Renew Dental Lounge for guidance.

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