PROBLEMS WITH WISDOM TEETH
- A flap of gum tissue to grows over them leading to food lodgement and gum infection
- Eruption in the wrong direction
- If there is not enough space in the jaw for the wisdom teeth, they may become impacted.
- Trouble while cleaning around wisdom teeth as they are far in the back of your mout
Wisdom teeth often show no symptoms. Symptoms that indicate that your wisdom teeth need to be removed include:
- Pain or jaw stiffness in relation to an impacted tooth.
- Pain or irritation because of a tooth coming at an awkward angle.
- Swelling and infection in the flap of gum tissue.
- Crowding of other teeth.
- Tooth decay or gum disease.
POST SURGERY INSTRUCTIONS:
- The following tips will help you in a speedy recovery.
- Take painkillers according to your dentist's prescription.
- gently bite on the gauze pad for 30-45 minutes post your surgery.
- If bleeding does not stop after 24 hours of your surgery, call your dentist or oral surgeon for help.
- Do not to bite the inside of your cheek, lip or tongue when your mouth is numb
- lying flat may prolong bleeding so prop rop up your head with pillows.
- use an ice pack on the outside of your cheek for the first 24 hours and use moist heat and saline water rinses for the following 2 or 3 days.
- Avoid physical activity as it may increase bleeding.
- Eat soft foods initially and gradually add solid foods to your diet as the healing progresses.
- Avoid using a straw for the first few days as it can loosen the blood clot and delay healing.
- Avoid smoking for at least 24 hours post your surgery as it decreases the blood supply and brings germs and contaminants to the surgery area.
- Do not rub or touch the area with your tongue or fingers.