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Recovering from Oral Surgery? Reasons to Call Your Oral Surgeon

If you have a highly skilled and experienced oral surgeon, you likely won’t have any issues when you’re recovering from oral surgery. Complications are rare, even for patients who undergo complex procedures.

However, surgical treatment is never risk-free. Problems can occur during the healing process, so you’ll need to watch for warning signs. If you experience any of the following, contact your oral surgeon right away.

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Fever

Developing a low-grade fever after undergoing oral surgery isn’t a cause of concern. But if your temperature rises higher than 100 degrees, give your oral surgeon a call. You could have an infection and may require antibiotic treatment to get on the road to recovery.

Significant Bleeding

After wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement, corrective jaw surgery or any other procedure, you can expect blood clots to form at the surgical sites. Bleeding shouldn’t continue for long. If you have significant bleeding after several hours, contact your oral surgeon — you may need a few more stitches.

Lasting Numbness

If you’ve been under anesthesia, you can expect some lingering numbness. But if your tongue, lips, face or jaw remains numb for more than the first few hours, get in touch with your oral surgeon. You may have nerve damage, or paresthesia — and while the condition generally resolves itself, you’ll want an expert opinion.

Persistent Pain

When you’re recovering from oral surgery, some pain is expected, but it should gradually diminish as time goes on. If your pain fails to lessen or becomes worse, call your oral surgeon. Whether you have an infection, dry socket or some other issue, additional treatment may be necessary.

Planning for a Smooth and Easy Recovery

If your oral surgery procedure is scheduled at Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, you’re in good hands. Our board-certified oral surgeons have been helping patients in the greater east central Indiana area for more than a decade, and the vast majority heal without a problem.

We’ll take good care of your mouth while you’re in our office, but there are a few steps you can take to help ensure a problem-free recovery. After oral surgery, we recommend that you:

  • Refrain from smoking, spitting and using straws to avoid interfering with blood clot formation.
  • Stick with a liquid and soft-food diet until the surgical sites have sufficiently healed.
  • Get plenty of rest and avoid heavy lifting, exercise and sports activities until given the go-ahead.
  • Practice good dental hygiene, rinsing with warm salt water in the early days and returning to your regular brushing and flossing when advised.
  • Follow all your surgeon’s aftercare instructions, and contact our office if you have any concerns.

For more information on the services we provide at Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, or to schedule an oral surgeon consultation, contact us today.

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A Basic Guide to Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth are a problem for many people — roughly 90% of the population, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. And unfortunately, little can be done to prevent it.

Wisdom teeth typically become impacted when there isn’t enough space in the mouth for them to develop and emerge properly. The good news is, you don’t really need your third molars. And if you end up facing wisdom tooth impaction, treatment is available here at Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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Signs of Wisdom Tooth Impaction

Most of the time, impacted wisdom teeth make themselves known. Tooth impaction usually comes with troubling symptoms, and if your third molars are trapped in the gums, you may notice any or all these warning signs:

  • Pain near the back of your mouth
  • Swelling, redness and tenderness in your gums
  • Difficulty opening your mouth widely
  • Headaches and earaches
  • A persistent bad taste and foul breath

Types of Wisdom Tooth Impaction

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons classify wisdom tooth impactions based upon how the third molars are positioned. The four different types include:

Mesial Impaction

With a mesial or mesio-angular impaction, the tooth is angled toward the front of the mouth, pushing up against the second molar.

Vertical Impaction

A vertical impaction is one where the tooth is coming in relatively close to the proper angle, but remains stuck in the gums or jawbone.

Horizontal Impaction

In the case of a horizontal or traverse impaction, the tooth is growing sideways, toward the second molar and parallel to the jawbone.

Distal Impaction

With a distal or disto-angular impaction, the tooth is angled toward the back of the mouth, leaning away from the second molar.

Removing Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons often take a proactive approach to preserving oral health — and while some impacted wisdom teeth pose no immediate problems, removal is the typical treatment. The difficulty of the procedure depends upon where the third molars currently lie. Tooth impactions fall into one of these categories:

  • Soft-tissue impacted, where the crown of the wisdom tooth has penetrated the bone tissues but is unable to push through the gums
  • Partial-bony impacted, where the third molar has begun to emerge from within the jawbone but has become stuck
  • Full-bony impacted, where the wisdom tooth is completely encased within the jaw and cannot break through the bone tissues

Removing wisdom teeth that are partially or fully impacted in the jawbone is more of a challenge than extracting teeth that are stuck in the gums. But in every situation, dealing with tooth impaction requires knowledge, skill and experience.

In the greater east central Indiana area, the professional team at Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are the go-to experts for both routine and complex wisdom teeth removal procedures. We’ve been helping patients throughout the region for over a decade, and we’re committed to providing the highest level of care. Contact our office and schedule a consultation to discuss treatment for impacted wisdom teeth today.