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What Pleasanton, CA area patients can expect after wisdom tooth removal

It is common for patients to have their wisdom teeth removed. Removal is often necessary especially if the teeth have become impacted and painful. Drs. Sambhav Jain, Arpana Gupta, and Shivani Gupta of the Center for Implant Dentistry can assist patients who are experiencing problems with their wisdom teeth. This may include surgical or simple removal, depending on the needs of the patient.

Patients who undergo wisdom tooth removal in the Pleasanton, CA area are often interested in learning about what to expect after their procedure. The procedure is done with either local anesthetics or general anesthesia, depending on the type of removal. Patients will then have sutures placed in the area where the teeth were removed. These are often dissolvable stitches while some patients may need to come back into the dental office to have their stitches removed a few days after the procedure. Recovery from wisdom tooth removal is often relatively short, but below are some tips for better comfort and faster healing after surgery:

  • Take pain medication as recommended or prescribed by the oral surgeon to ensure optimum comfort throughout the healing process.
  • Be careful to avoid biting the tongue or inside of the mouth while the area is still numb following removal.
  • Use gauze pads to control bleeding and change as necessary. If bleeding continues 24 hours after surgery, notify our practice for further instructions.
  • Avoid lying flat; keep the head propped up with pillows.
  • Use an ice pack on the cheek for approximately 20-minute stretches of time. After the first 24 hours, consider switching to moist heat for two days.
  • Reduce physical activity for several days following treatment as this may increase bleeding.
  • Eat soft foods and avoid using a straw, which can loosen blood clots and set back the healing process.
  • Rinse the mouth with warm salt water several times a day for the reduction of swelling and pain.
  • Avoid smoking for at least 24 hours after surgery.
  • Avoid touching the area with your fingers or tongue, and brush the teeth carefully for several days.

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