More than 5 million people have their third molar (wisdom teeth) removed each year. The procedure is painful and is best done at the earlier stages. Dentists around the world recommend the removal of misaligned wisdom teeth as they may lead to serious infections if ignored. Listed below are some important facts that everyone needs to know about the removal procedure.
What is the technical procedure involved in the wisdom teeth removal process?
Wisdom teeth may be ill-fitted, impacted and in most cases unsafe. The exact techniques involved in the removal process change based on the availability of oral space, the position or location of the teeth, the shape of the root and level of damage done already.
What concerns arise after the removal process?
The wisdom teeth removal process may take up to 20-30 minutes based on the complexity and location of teeth. Patients are recommended to take sufficient rest for a minimum of one day after the procedure. While soreness and mild bleeding may continue for up to 24 hours, any sudden rise in pain or bleeding must be reported immediately.
What diet should the patient follow after the procedure?
Following the removal process, patients must avoid spicy, crunchy and any hard-to-chew food items. Patients may consume milkshakes, ice-creams, soups (at room temperature) and puddings for the first 24 hours and slowly move on to other soft food items like mashed potatoes, oatmeal, pasta and so on.