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Dallas Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Wisdom Teeth Removal
Recovery From Surgery


Even though it is one of most common dental procedures, the removal of wisdom teeth is often linked with painful memories for many people. The process in itself is typically easy and direct, but the recovery often can sometimes be an ordeal for some, especially in the first 24 hours. To ensure that the healing process goes perfectly, it is imperative that patients know the best recovery practices after removing their wisdom teeth.

At Dallas Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we ensure that patients do not suffer from the complications of wisdom teeth growth, by removing them and ensuring a smooth healing process.

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars that grow at the back of our mouth. Generally, they come in during our late teenage years or in our early twenties. At this point, they complete our set of teeth. But for some people who have their teeth already set, the wisdom teeth only present as an intrusion. They become a source of pain as they try to push their way out of the gums, shifting the other teeth in the process. When this happens, our professionals recommend that they be removed. If they are neglected, they may cause serious oral health problems for a patient.

What To Expect After Wisdom Teeth Removal

During the removal procedure, our professionals will administer local anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the process. This will eventually wear off after the procedure is completed. Then, you may experience some pain, possible swelling in the extraction site, and some possible bleeding. Our professionals will inform you with the best practices while ensuring that any potential pain and bleeding are eased. Usually, blood should clot over the site within 24 hours to facilitate healing. Within the next 72 hours, the swelling should have eased out.

Best Practices For Recovery

While the pain and swelling begin to subside, you should be careful of your mouth actions, so you do not dislodge the clotting that is beginning to form on the removal site. You will have to avoid brushing. Using a straw to drink during this period is also prohibited, as the effort would affect the blood clot too.

For meals, you will have to stay away from foods that require chewing. Consume liquid or soft foods such as soups, eggs, or puddings. Food that tends to get into the extracted teeth sockets should be avoided. More importantly, constant hydration and a healthy diet should be your goal after the procedure, as this is vital for recovery. Also, you will have to check in with our professionals as requested to monitor the healing process and remove stitches when necessary.

You will also have to abstain from strenuous activities during the first week, as you would not want to upset your healing process. Considering its many health benefits, the removal of wisdom teeth is not a process to be scared of. Please do not hesitate to schedule yours with us at Dallas Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery by calling us at 972-733-0414 today.


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