There are many considerations to take into account when getting ready for the process of a tooth extraction, whether it is relatively simple and straightforward wisdom tooth extraction or an infected wisdom tooth extraction. This is one of the reasons why working with an established practice like Treasured Smiles Dentistry, serving all of Chicagoland, is so important.
First, we will analyze your wisdom tooth symptoms to determine exactly what the issue is and the best way to resolve it. For example, impacted wisdom teeth are more difficult to remove than those that are not impacted, and may require the expertise of an oral surgeon.
The type of anesthetic used will differ depending on how many teeth need to be removed and the complexity of the wisdom tooth extraction procedure. A local anesthetic will numb the specific area where each tooth needs to be removed, whereas a general anesthetic affects the entire body and causes the patient to fall asleep. General anesthesia is used in cases where multiple teeth are being removed.
Wisdom tooth extraction pain varies from patient to patient, and can range from mild to significant. Your doctor will likely prescribe medication for the discomfort. Certain pain medication can cause nausea with some patients. So instead, you may take over the counter medication if you are sensitive to strong pain relievers.
Directions provided by your doctor on tooth extraction aftercare should be followed carefully, as eating solid foods too soon and certain other behaviors can cause bleeding of the gums or infection of the removal site. It is absolutely crucial to avoid smoking for a period of time after wisdom tooth extraction.
Recovery time can take a few days to a week, and may involve some swelling of the jaw and cheeks. In most cases, this is not a reason for alarm, but tooth extraction aftercare should still be followed very closely. Sometimes it is helpful to rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day once 24 hours has passed since surgery.
To learn more about Treasured Smiles Dentistry and tooth extraction cost in the Chicago area, call us today at today at (815) 806-1600 to schedule a consultation.