Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. They are called wisdom teeth because they come in at a time when people are considered to be wiser than they were as children. While some people have no problems with their wisdom teeth and they erupt normally, others may experience pain, crowding, or other issues that require treatment. Impacted wisdom teeth are those that do not have enough room to come in properly and become stuck (impacted) in the gum tissue or bone. If wisdom teeth are not removed, they can cause pain, infection, and damage to other teeth. Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure that is typically performed by an oral surgeon.
If you are scheduled to have your wisdom teeth removed, there are a few things you can do to prepare. First, it is important to have a good understanding of the procedure and what to expect. Be sure to ask your oral surgeon any questions that you may have. Second, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery since you will be under sedation. Third, eat a light meal before the procedure and avoid chewing gum or drinking anything with caffeine as these can cause increased bleeding. Fourth, brush and floss your teeth thoroughly before the surgery. Fifth, wear comfortable clothing on the day of the surgery. Sixth, remove all jewelry including piercings. Finally, take any medications that your oral surgeon has prescribed as well as over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications.
After the surgery, it is normal to experience some discomfort. Your oral surgeon will prescribe medication to help manage any pain that you may have. It is important to take all of your medications as directed. You should also avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, and using straws for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Eating soft foods and avoiding hot beverages will help to minimize any discomfort you may have. To promote healing, be sure to rinse your mouth with salt water several times a day. You should also brush your teeth gently but thoroughly.
Most people recover from wisdom teeth removal without any complications. However, if you experience any severe pain, uncontrolled bleeding, or other problems like throwing up after removing your wisdom teeth, be sure to contact your oral surgeon right away.
There are many ways to stop vomiting, depending on the cause. For example, if you are vomiting because of a stomach virus, you can try drinking clear fluids like water or chicken broth, or sucking on ice chips. If you are vomiting because of motion sickness, you can try over-the-counter medications like Dramamine. If you are vomiting because of food poisoning, you may need to let your stomach empty itself. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe medication to stop the vomiting.
Is it safe to remove wisdom teeth?
The simple answer is yes, it is safe to remove wisdom teeth. However, as with any surgery, there are always risks involved. The most common complication from wisdom tooth removal is pain and swelling. Other potential complications include infection, damage to the surrounding teeth, and nerve damage.