If you’ve scheduled yourself for some wisdom teeth extraction through a Philadelphia dentist, it’s very important that you know what to expect both during and after the procedure. Read on to be better prepared for the big day.
Getting To The Site – It is highly recommended that you have someone drive you to and back from the procedure, since you’ll probably be groggy and a bit disoriented depending on the anesthesia used. Driving yourself after a procedure might only end in an accident, plus it’s always more reassuring if you have a friend or family nearby.
Anesthesia – The type of anesthesia to be used is mostly your choice. You can choose between local anesthesia, sedation anesthesia and general anesthesia. With local anesthesia you’ll be awake during the procedure, but can feel some movements and pressure but without pain. With sedation anesthesia you will also stay awake, but will most probably be disoriented and might only recall certain details of the procedure. With general anesthesia you will remain asleep throughout and will have no memories of the procedure; this type of anesthesia is best for people who have dental or surgical fears.
Recovery – Some pain and discomfort may be experienced afterwards, and its level can vary from person to person depending on their pain resistance. In general some slight bleeding and swelling is to be expected, especially during the first day. You can use an ice pack to dull the pain, though prescription medicine may also be recommended by dentists like Dr. Anthony Farole, D.M.D, an oral surgeon in Bala Cynwyd, to help you cope better.
Within the first few hours after surgery, you can also expect disorientation and dizziness but those will only be temporary. Swelling in the cheek area usually fades in two or three days, while bruising may take a little bit longer. If your dentist administered stitches, be sure to heed his advice; some stiches will dissolve within a few weeks while others will need to be removed by him.
You should also refrain from brushing your teeth, using mouthwash or even rinsing within 24 hours of the surgery since the wound will still be fresh. Resume oral cleaning the next day, but be very gentle when doing so. Eat only soft foods and avoid chewy and spicy foods within the first few days. Drinks lots of water and avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, carbonated and hot beverages. Lastly, you should refrain from using a straw as it can dislodge the blood clot. If you start developing fever or excessive bleeding and persistent pain, immediately tell your surgeon and schedule a check-up.
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