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If one or more of your wisdom teeth have become impacted or fused to the surrounding bone tissues, they might not be viable for conventional extraction at a dental office. In cases like these, your oral surgeon, Dr. Will Allen, advocates having your wisdom teeth extracted at Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates.

The extractions can usually be performed in a single outpatient appointment where you will need to be fully sedated. Afterward, you will still feel the effects of the sedative agent. This means you will need to arrange for a ride home from a friend or family member.

During the recovery process, you should try to stick to a soft-foods diet and avoid drinking through a straw. The suction could potentially open the incision. Lukewarm fluids are a preferred option while the gums are healing to minimize the impact on sensitive tissues.

It’s also a good idea to abstain from tobacco use as this will irritate sensitive gum tissues, increasing recovery time and potentially causing an infection.

Don’t be alarmed if the incisions bleed a little during the first few days after the wisdom tooth extraction. When this happens, you can bite down lightly on some sterile gauze. Once the bleeding has stopped, you can then rinse your mouth clean with lukewarm saltwater.

Your oral surgeon might prescribe painkillers or anti-inflammatory medication. You should take these as directed.

If you have questions or concerns about your recovery after wisdom tooth extraction in Louisville, Kentucky, you can always call 502-587-7874 to seek further advice from a member of our Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates team.