Summer Is the Perfect Time to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed – Here’s Why!

Summer Is the Perfect Time to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed – Here’s Why!

Posted by Dr. Bo Crofoot May 02,2022

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Have you been putting off your much-needed wisdom tooth extraction? As exciting as getting your third molars removed sounds, you are currently so busy with your schedule that it’s difficult to clear out enough room to take it easy for a few days. Fortunately, there is a perfect break coming up! If you are a dedicated student or constantly bringing your kids to their extracurricular activities, Summer Break is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of. Read on to learn why it is commonly necessary to have wisdom teeth removed and what you can expect for the recovery process.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

There are several reasons why wisdom teeth often need to be extracted. These molars often grown in at strange angles and positions, meaning they can easily become impacted. This occurs when the wisdom teeth grow toward the second molar. This can result in shifting teeth, pain, and even an infection. Wisdom teeth can cause issues that aren’t immediately noticeable without a dental exam, so even if you don’t feel any discomfort now, your dentist still may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth extracted.

What Does the Recovery Process Look Like?

It will take several days for you to recover from your extraction. Here is what you can expect during that duration:

Day 1: For the first 24 hours after your procedure, you should take it easy and get plenty of rest. Eliminating other obligations, as you will likely feel drowsy and may have some memory loss depending on the type of sedation you receive. Arrange for a trusted friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment. You will likely be asked to keep gauze at the site of the extraction for several hours. This is important to make sure that a clot forms as a natural part of your body’s healing process. Take all recommended over-the-counter and prescribed medication as your dentist directs. Avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, and using a straw.

Day 2: You will likely still feel some discomfort as your mouth continues to heal. Avoid strenuous activities and take pain relievers as directed by your dentist. Minor swelling and bruising are normal, but give your dentist a call if you experience excessive bleeding, pus, extreme pain, numbness, or a high fever.

Day 3: At this point, you will probably start to feel more like your normal self. Remaining soreness can be managed with pain relievers. Continue to get plenty of rest.

Day 4: By now, you should be able to get back to your normal routine if you are feeling okay. If discomfort is worsening, give your dentist a call to rule out issues like dry socket. Continue to stick to softer foods and rinse regularly until your mouth completely heals.

Wisdom tooth extractions may sound like a headache, but by taking advantage of your time off, you won’t miss a beat when it comes to your studies or other obligations. You’ll be back on the go in no time!

About the Author

Dr. Bo Crofoot is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for over 15 years now. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Creighton University and has attended many advanced training courses to expand his clinical skillset. He is also certified in IV sedation. To learn more about wisdom tooth extractions or to schedule an appointment at his office in Rexburg, visit his website or call (208) 754-5388.

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