When patients hear oral surgery, usually the thing they think about is having their wisdom teeth removed. That is one of the most common procedures performed at our institution. One thing that i’ve come to learn is that although patients know about wisdom teeth removal they actually have a very skewed perception as to what it actually entails. The most common response that we get from our patients is, “Wow, I didn’t think it was going to be that easy.” We take pride in being able to help our patients in times of need if they have a painful or infected tooth and we work with our general dentists and orthodontist colleagues to get our patients wisdom teeth out before they can cause a problem. After your oral surgical procedure, your surgeon will typically stitch or suture close your extraction sites. This decreases the amount of pain that you’re having after the procedure but also allows you the ability to go and brush your teeth and maintain stringent oral hygiene without having to worry about increasing your risk of bleeding or causing pain. It’s actually quite important for you to keep and maintain excellent oral hygiene to decrease your chance of getting an infection or having increased pain.
After you have your wisdom teeth pulled, you’ll surprisingly feel quite good and that makes us feel great. But sometimes we need to remind you that there’s some things that you can do that can quickly change how you feel. We recommend putting ice packs on your extraction sites for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off on the day that you’ve had surgery. We don’t typically recommend putting a warm compress as that can increase some swelling. We recommend being on a soft diet and not sucking through straws as a dislodgement of a blood clot that we’re trying to form in the extraction site can increase your propensity of developing a condition called dry socket. In 24 to 36 hours we expect the inflammation to peak and one thing we want our patients to be aware of is that that’s normal for the swelling to increase in that time frame and in fact that is a sign of adequate and proper healing. With the unique ability to provide general or deep anesthesia while taking out wisdom teeth or doing dental implants patients can return to their daily activities sooner and were able to do it in an expeditious and a minimally invasive way. Having been trained to do large invasive surgeries for tumor ablation cancer surgery why not trust your oral maxillofacial surgeon for your wisdom teeth or dental implants?