Oral surgery is usually performed on patients who experience such conditions as problems with wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws. For accident victims suffering facial injuries, reconstructive and dental implant surgery may be necessary. Patients with tumors, cysts, and developmental craniofacial abnormalities of the jaws/ face and functional and aesthetic conditions of the maxillofacial areas may also be a candidate for oral surgery.
What is tooth extraction?
Wisdom teeth are generally the last teeth to grow in at the back of the mouth, usually during the late teenage years. If there isn’t adequate space for them, or they grow at improper angles, It can affect the rest of your teeth, shifting them out of place causing problems such as crowding in between teeth, cavities in these hard –to-reach molars. When removal is appropriate, We can perform the procedure while you are under local anesthetics.
AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTIONS
- Take pain killers as prescribed
- Bite firmly but gently on the gauze pad placed by your dentist to reduce bleeding and allow a clot to form in the tooth socket. Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood. Otherwise, leave the pad in place for 45 minutes after the extraction
- Apply an ice bag to the affected area immediately after the procedure to keep swelling down. Apply ice for 10 minutes at a time.
- Relax for at least 24 hours after the extraction.
- Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for 24 hours after the extraction to avoid dislodging the clot that forms in the socket.
- After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with a solution made of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 8 ounces of warm water
- Do not drink from a straw for the first 24 hours.
- Do not smoke, which can inhibit healing.
- Eat soft foods, such as soup, pudding, yogurt, or applesauce the day after the extraction. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as the extraction site heals.
- When lying down, prop your head with pillows. Lying flat may prolong bleeding
- Continue to brush and floss your teeth, and brush your tongue, but be sure to avoid the extraction site. Doing so will prevent infection
- Once your mouth is healed, and the infection gone, depending on the location of the extraction, you may wish to have the tooth replaced with a dental implant or a bridge.