Jaw Center LA typically performs a wisdom tooth removal as an outpatient procedure. There are three different options that your oral surgeon will consider when it comes to anesthesia: local, sedation, and general anesthesia.
During the procedure, the doctor will make an incision in the gum in order to access the tooth’s root. Once the tooth is extracted, the doctor will then clean the area and stitch the wound. In order to promote clotting, gauze will be placed over the extraction site.
It is typical for patients to experience swelling and bruising after their procedure. Your doctor may prescribe over-the-counter or prescription medication in order to alleviate some of the residual pain from the surgery. It is also typically recommended that you refrain from drinking any alcohol, caffeinated, carbonated, or hot beverages for 24 hours following the surgery. Patients should avoid drinking out of straws since the suction could pose a risk to the healing wound.
It is imperative that you avoid brushing your teeth during the first 24 hours. During this time, you will likely be placed on a soft-food diet until the wound has reached a safe level of healing.