Are you having your wisdom teeth removed? If so, you probably have questions about this procedure. Removing your wisdom teeth can improve your oral health, comfort, and quality of life.
Following are answers to common questions about wisdom teeth extractions.
Why is wisdom teeth removal necessary?
Wisdom teeth are unnecessary. In fact, these third molars rarely emerge through the gums properly because there isn’t enough room for them in the mouth. They also contribute to a number of oral health concerns including increased risks for disease, discomfort, and reduced oral function. Having your wisdom teeth extracted can prevent disease and health complications associated with retaining third molars.
Will I be comfortable during my procedure?
Our oral surgeon utilizes sedating and pain-relieving medication to maintain patients’ comfort throughout their procedures. We adhere to strict FDA protocols to deliver comfortable treatment without compromising safety. You will rest peacefully while our team expertly removes your wisdom teeth.
Why do I need to eat liquid and soft foods after my surgery?
After your wisdom tooth extraction, you will need to temporarily adopt a liquid and soft diet. Eating liquid and soft foods will reduce post-operative irritation to surgical sites and prevent the formation of dry socket. Since there is swelling and discomfort after any type of oral surgery, eating liquid and soft foods is far more comfortable than items that require a lot of chewing.
How can I control discomfort after wisdom teeth removal?
Our team will send you home with a packet of information after your treatment. This packet contains helpful tips on managing discomfort the days following oral surgery. It’s important that you take prescription and/or over the counter pain relievers as directed by our oral surgeon.
It’s also recommended to use cold compresses to manage swelling after your procedure. Cold compresses are most effective when used the day of and the day following treatment. Controlling swelling can greatly improve your comfort.
Call Central Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates if you have questions about wisdom teeth extraction or would like to schedule an appointment.