Wisdom teeth often need to be extracted to prevent further pain and potential complications. Here at Pfeifferhorn Dental our oral surgeons can typically do this in a single outpatient appointment where you might need to be sedated.
If you do opt for full sedation, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home. This is will ensure your safety while the sedative effect gently dissipates.
Dr. Jay Scott will likely provide you with a prescription for anti-inflammatory or pain medication. If there were any concerns about infection from a dental cyst or a dental abscess, [hehe] might also include a course of antibiotics.
The incision sites might bleed for the first few days after the extraction. You can help control the bleeding by biting down lightly on a small roll of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding ceases you can gently rinse away any stray blood in your mouth with a little lukewarm salt water.
While your gums are healing you should stick to a diet of soft foods such as applesauce, mashed potatoes, and yogurt. It’s best to avoid drinking beverages from a straw, as the suction could accidentally pull blood clots loose and increase your chances of suffering dry sockets.
If you live in the Provo, Utah area and you are experiencing wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call 801-615-2917 to schedule a consultation appointment at Pfeifferhorn Dental.