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Basic Information to Help You Recover from Wisdom Tooth Extraction

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At Wong Dental, Dr. Lin Wong often recommends having your wisdom teeth extracted in late adolescence. This is usually done shortly after your 20 primary teeth have been replaced by your 32 permanent teeth. This is a sound preventative measure against a myriad of complications.

If one or more wisdom teeth have become impacted deep within the gums or if there is some other oral complication, Dr. Lin Wong might recommend a surgical extraction with deep sedation. Should this prove to be the case, you will need a ride home while the sedative gradually wears off.

After the wisdom tooth extraction, you will need to be mindful of the aftercare and the healing gums throughout the recovery period.

It’s natural for there to be a little blood weeping from the sutured gums. You can control the bleeding by biting down lightly on a rolled-up piece of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops, a light rinse with lukewarm saltwater can remove any stray blood or debris.

Dr. Lin Wong recommends sticking to a soft-foods diet while the gums are healing. At the same time, you should avoid drinking beverages with a straw. The increased suction could accidentally pull blood clots loose or cause a dry socket to form.

Tobacco use can easily irritate healing gum tissues. This increases recovery time and your chances of developing an infection.

If you’re contemplating having your wisdom teeth removed in Covina, California, you should call 626-709-3332 to schedule a consultation at Wong Dental.