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Avoiding Complications after Wisdom Teeth Removal

October 10, 2011 @ 04:50 AM -- by

In general, the average mouth is built to accommodate 28 teeth total--that’s for the upper row and the lower row of teeth. Wisdom teeth, however, complicate that. Wisdom teeth are molars that grow in a person’s late teens to mid-twenties. Generally it’s four extra teeth, two on the top row and two on the bottom row. Roughly two-thirds of adults will have to deal with wisdom teeth at some point, and if they grow in crooked, that can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. For that reason, it’s important to consider wisdom tooth extraction.

If wisdom teeth are causing you discomfort, skilled New York, New York oral surgeon Dr. Maurice Edwards will be able to remove them and improve your overall dental health. Wisdom tooth removal is a relatively straightforward procedure, but it’s important that patients follow their doctor’s instructions following the surgery in order to prevent serious complications, such as excessive bleeding and infection.

We’ll be able to go over these issues in greater detail when you visit our office or speak with a member of the staff, but here’s a brief rundown of how you can avoid complications after you have had your wisdom teeth removed.

First of all, it’s important that you take your pain relief medications, antibiotics, and other medications as instructed and that you do not exceed dosage. We’ll discuss which pain medications to consider and make some recommendations during the consultation process. If you require additional medications, these can be discussed in greater detail as well.

Swelling and discomfort in the jaw and mouth area are common following surgery. If you experience swelling, you can apply ice or a cold compress to the face to help minimize the swelling. This may also help dull some of the pain you’re experiencing.

For the first few days after surgery, be sure to eat soft foods such as soup and oatmeal. These will minimize your need to chew, and will help ensure that your mouth heals quickly. Be sure to chew away from the incision sites.

You’ll need to clean your teeth and mouth following surgery, but excessive brushing or rinsing should be avoided following surgery. The night of the surgery, brush gently and rinse gently. The next day, you’ll be encouraged to rinse with warm salt water during the day.

As mentioned, there is plenty to keep in mind after you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed, and this is only a few very basic instructions. For more information, we encourage you to contact Midtown Manhattan oral surgeon Dr. Maurice Edwards. We’ll be able to go into all of these concerns in greater detail.

Dr. Maurice Edwards, D.M.D.

Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

41 East 57th Street, Suite 1204
New York, New York 10022
p: 212 888 8624 f: 212 838 5533