People fear to have their wisdom teeth removed more than they fear many other types of medical procedures. Most women would rather face childbirth naturally than submit to having wisdom teeth removal performed. The following tips may help you survive this procedure.
Wisdom teeth removal often requires the dentist to split the teeth into small sections and pull those sections. The removal may also require the dentist to cut the patient’s gums in order to remove the teeth with as little trauma as possible. Be prepared for these small surgical procedures.
Try your best to remain calm when you are about to go to the dentist for wisdom teeth removal. When you allow yourself to get worried and anxious about the procedure you cause your blood pressure to become elevated. This elevated blood pressure can cause you more problems when the dentist is trying to extract the teeth.
Your wisdom teeth are so called because they are the last teeth you cut as an adult. You are older and it is assumed that you are wiser when these teeth emerge. Over fifty percent of the population has to have these teeth extracted at some point.
You need to have confidence in your dentist and confidence in yourself when you are going in to have a tooth extraction. A lack of trust will cause you to be nervous and to have more problems due to anxiety.
Do not smoke cigarettes for at least an hour before you go to have a tooth extracted. The smoking of cigarettes before the extraction will cause your blood vessels to be smaller and make your heart have to work harder. You also need to refrain from smoking cigarettes for twenty-four hours after the extraction.
When you draw on the butt of the cigarette you can cause natural clots in the area of the extraction to become dislodged. When these natural clots move you can get what is known as a dry socket. A dry socket is excruciating and can be avoided with proper care after the extraction.
Do not drink out of a straw after an extraction. The sucking on the straw has the same tendency to create dry sockets as the smoking of cigarettes does. Drink from a glass normally.
Do not take aspirin or medications containing aspirin for twenty-four hours before you have your tooth extracted. Aspirin thins the blood and can cause you to have difficulty in forming clots after the tooth is pulled. For pain after the extraction, you will want to take ibuprofen based medications.
Ibuprofen reduces swelling and does not because the thinning of the blood like aspirin does. Check with your dentist to see how often you can take these pain medications and if they are safe to take with the medications you were prescribed.
Applying ice to the external portions of your face will help to reduce the pain and the swelling after the extraction. Apply a dry towel between the ice pack and your face so you do not damage your skin.
Having wisdom teeth removal surgery is one of the most common dental procedures performed on adults. Wisdom teeth removal is not as bad as it sounds if you prepare yourself in advance and do not let anxiety get the best of you. Please feel free to contact us for wisdom teeth removal in San Diego, California.