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Wisdom tooth extraction

The extraction of wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, is a common surgical procedure in dentistry. These molars usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, but often cause problems due to lack of space in the jaw.

Why are wisdom teeth extracted?

Wisdom teeth extraction may be necessary for several reasons. In some cases, wisdom teeth do not erupt completely and are partially retained in the gum or bone; this can cause pain, inflammation and infection. In other cases, wisdom teeth may erupt but not have enough space to fit properly, resulting in crowding and displacement of adjacent teeth.

What is the wisdom tooth extraction process like?

The wisdom tooth removal procedure may vary depending on the position and condition of the teeth. In some patients, a simple extraction is performed, in which the fully erupted tooth is removed with a technique similar to the extraction of other teeth. In more complex cases, when teeth are partially impacted or impacted, surgery may be necessary to access and remove the teeth.

Wisdom teeth extraction is usually performed under local anesthesia or conscious sedation, depending on the patient’s preferences and the complexity of the case. After the procedure, it is normal to experience some swelling, pain and discomfort in the treated area.

How to prepare for wisdom tooth extraction?

These are our recommendations when preparing for a wisdom tooth extraction:

  • Talk to your dentist: Prior to extraction, it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist to evaluate your specific situation and discuss the procedure. It is important that you provide complete information about your medical history, including medications you are taking, allergies and any pre-existing medical conditions. This will help your dentist take the proper precautions during the procedure.
  • Follow the fasting instructions: You may need to fast for several hours before the procedure. Your dentist will tell you how long you should refrain from eating and drinking before the extraction.
  • Arrange for transportation: Because of the anesthesia and its possible side effects after the procedure, it is advisable to have someone accompany you and drive you home after the extraction.
  • Plan for recovery at home: Prepare an area where you can rest after the extraction. Be sure to have soft foods and liquids on hand, as it is advisable to avoid eating hard or hot foods for the first few days. It is also important to follow the oral care instructions provided by your dentist for a successful recovery.

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What to eat first?

Before the extraction, it is important to maintain a healthy and balanced diet by eating a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.

Avoid hard or sticky foods, which are difficult to chew and may cause additional discomfort before extraction. Do not forget to keep well hydrated in the days prior to the extraction.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, it is possible to extract all four wisdom teeth at the same time. However, this decision will depend on the evaluation and recommendation of the dentist or oral surgeon. In some cases, the extraction of all four wisdom teeth is performed in a single session to minimize discomfort and reduce recovery time.

Additionally, extracting all four wisdom teeth at the same time can be more convenient and comfortable for the patient, as it only requires one session and recovery for all 4 teeth.

Here are some of the food options you may want to consider after wisdom teeth removal:

  • Soft foods: applesauce, mashed potatoes, fruit compote and creamy soups.
  • Ice cream: Soft ice cream can help relieve swelling and numb the extraction area.
  • Cold or soft foods: gelatin, pudding and soft oatmeal, are easy to swallow and do not require much chewing.
  • Cold drinks: Maintain good hydration with cold water or soft drinks such as smoothies or natural juices without pulp.

Recovery time after wisdom tooth extraction varies from person to person and is influenced by factors such as: the complexity of the extraction, aftercare and the individual's ability to heal. In this sense, we can say that the recovery process can last from a few days to several weeks depending on the case.

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