When your wisdom teeth grow sideways, or what is called impacted wisdom teeth, there are usually symptoms that appear that can interfere with daily activities such as excruciating pain, swollen gums, infected gums that bleed and festering, or jaw pain when moved. If the symptoms are really bothersome, it's definitely a sign that you should immediately perform surgery to remove the impacted wisdom tooth. Maybe you will hesitate because you are afraid to undergo surgery, but you don't need to worry if the dentist recommends it because it means wisdom tooth surgery will actually eliminate the symptoms that appeared earlier and even prevent your wisdom teeth from getting more problematic.
When wisdom tooth surgery takes place, you also don't need to be afraid because you won't feel anything because the doctor will give you anesthesia or anesthesia. There are usually three types of anesthesia that dentists will inject; local, local and intravenous anaesthesia, and general anaesthesia. A local anesthetic is a local anesthetic that is usually injected into the area of the gums or teeth that have problems or are being treated. While local and intravenous anesthetics are anesthetics that are not only injected into the gums and teeth, but also in your arm so you can relax more. And, if you want to relax even more, you can be given general anesthesia according to the doctor's approval as well. The local anesthetic will put you to sleep and you don't feel anything happening around you.
Although during the wisdom tooth removal surgery you will not feel pain, there are times when the anesthetic will wear off its effect, and you will start to feel the remnants of post-operative pain. Well, here is what makes patients still hesitant to do wisdom tooth surgery because they are afraid of what they will feel after the operation.
It is very possible for you to feel pain after wisdom tooth surgery because the anesthetic has stopped working. Not only that, you may also feel there is swelling on the inside and outside of the mouth. In addition, your jaw will feel a little stiff and difficult to move. It is also possible that there will be red marks around your face. All of these effects can last a few days to a few weeks after surgery. So, what do you need to do while the post-surgery effects appear?
You only need to do ice pack therapy, which is to simply stick an ice pack or ice cube wrapped in a cloth to the cheek and jaw area where wisdom tooth surgery is being performed. Make sure you don't stick the ice cubes directly to your skin, okay? In addition, don't forget to get enough rest, avoid excessive activity because besides you also still feel pain in the facial area, excessive activity is also not good for the recovery process. It's even better if you take a few days off to focus on your recovery.
Well, what is no less important in the recovery process after wisdom tooth surgery is to keep your teeth clean. The surgical area must be kept clean to avoid infection. But because brushing your teeth will definitely be difficult and painful, you can clean your teeth using mouthwash or salt water first. Also avoid hard and sticky foods so that leftovers are not difficult to clean.
Ref.: British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, online: https://www.baoms.org.uk/patients/procedures/23/removal_of_impacted_wisdom_teeth