6 Common Complications After Wisdom Tooth Surgery

If a wisdom tooth does not have space to grow, it can result in discomfort, infections, and other dental problems. Extraction is usually the most feasible remedy. Many patients experience short-lived, post-operative complications after wisdom-tooth removal, but these can be managed easily.

Here are some of the complications you may experience and their effective remedies.

1. Pain

Pain is inevitable after removal of wisdom teeth. Prescription pain medication is usually effective in alleviating after-surgery discomfort. Ideally, take your first painkiller within the first six hours before the anesthetic wears off.

Be sure to take your pain pills as recommended by your dentist. If the pain does not lessen after several hours and after many pain pills, get in touch with your dentist.

2. Bleeding

Expect to bleed for up to 48 hours after surgery. It is also likely that your mouth will produce plenty of saliva in an attempt to remain moist and to fight infections.

To control the blood and saliva, place a pack of gauze over the affected area and bite firmly into the gauze. Replace the gauze as often as you need to.

If the bleeding persists, check that you have placed the gauze on top of the surgical area. Instead of clenching your teeth, apply pressure on top of the affected area.

If shifting the gauze and applying pressure does not alleviate bleeding, sit straight or at an angle in a recliner. Place ice packs and gauze on the area and bite for at least an hour. Alternatively, place a moist tea bag on the area for several minutes to encourage blood clotting.

Call your dentist if you are unable to stop the bleeding.

3. Swelling

Do not be alarmed if you notice swelling on and around the surgery area. This will usually resolve two to three days after the surgery. Fold an ice pack in a towel and place it firmly against the cheek in 20-minute intervals for at least 24 hours following surgery to control swelling.

Be sure to take any swelling-control medicine as directed by your dentist.

4. Bruising

In the first two to three days following surgery, you may experience bruising and discoloration around the surgery area.

About 36 hours after surgery, place moist heating packs or steamed towels on the affected area to minimize pain, bruising, and discoloration.

5. Vomiting

Pain pills, pain, and blood can cause nausea and vomiting after surgery. To alleviate these symptoms, eat a little food before or at the time of taking your pain medicine. Sip on flavored drinks, such as juice, to minimize the taste of medicine or blood in your mouth.

Consider replacing your prescription pain pills with over-the-counter ones if nausea persists. If this does not resolve the situation, get in touch with your dentist.

6. Dry Lips and Sore Throat

The corners of your mouth may be stretched out during surgery, resulting in cracks and dryness. Moisturize your lips with readily available balms and ointments.

Wisdom teeth surgery may make swallowing painful. While this symptom will usually resolve on its own in a few days, consider using at-home remedies such as honey, garlic, chamomile tea, or licorice root among others to hasten recovery.

You will likely experience a host of discomforting symptoms in the first few hours after wisdom tooth extraction surgery. However, with proper oral hygiene, nourishing diets, and gentle care, you should be able to make a quick recovery.

At KennethM. Schweizer, DDS, PA, we have a highly trained and compassionate dental team that will provide you and your loved ones the dental care and aftercare you need for your well-being. Get in touch with us today, and we will be happy to assist with all your dental needs.

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