Almost everyone has to get their wisdom teeth removed, usually in their late teenage years or early 20s. Luckily, wisdom teeth removal is now a standard procedure. Oftentimes your dentist will remove them for you with a local anaesthetic in the dentist chair, but you may also need to be referred to an oral surgeon. If you are having all of your wisdom teeth pulled at once, you might have to go to the hospital and be put under.
You might not have imagined the link between your monthly period and ability to recover from dental surgery. Women’s dental health is affected by various phases of their life, including hormonal changes like menstruation, menopause, pregnancy and the use of contraceptive.
Why is it Important to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?
If your jaw isn’t large enough for the wisdom teeth to come in through the gums, that means that they are impacted, which would cause other problems. If your tooth is trying to break through but can’t quite make it, you might notice a flap of gum tissue growing over it. This gum tissue often gets swollen and painful due to food getting trapped under it and bacteria growing, causing an infection. Many women experience sensitivity and increased gum inflammation during the menstrual periods. Also, the increase in hormonal progesterone before and during your period may also add gum and mouth sensitivity. To avoid unnecessary discomfort and fluctuations in your dental health during your period, schedule your dental surgery during a time outside your menstrual phases.
What Happens During Surgery?
Your dentist will either give you a local or general anaesthetic depending on how many teeth will be removed. The dentist will then open the gum over the tooth to remove any bone that might be sheltering the unwanted tooth. Once they get access, they’ll separate the tissue that connects the bone and the tooth so they can pull the tooth out. You might need stitches once the tooth is removed. Nowadays, dentists put in stitches that dissolve on their own, but you might be required to go back and have them removed by the dentist or oral surgeon. You’ll have to put a piece of gauze over the wound to stop the bleeding for a few hours.
What to Expect After Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Your recovery period should only last a few days to a week, and can be helped significantly by the use of painkillers as prescribed by your dentist. You might experience swollen jaws for the first day, as well as pain and swelling where the tooth was removed. In addition, watch out for dry socket, a painful inflammation that happens if the protective blood clot is lost too soon and instead leaves a hole into your gums where food can fall. In rare cases, women can experience excessive menstrual bleeding or gum bleeding after dental surgery. Talk to your dentist to rule any kind of serious conditions.
Tips For Recovery
- Try biting softly on your gauze pad periodically and changing it whenever it is soaked with blood. You shouldn’t bleed for more than 24 hours.
- Sit up to stop prolonged bleeding.
- Relax and eat soft foods only.
- Do not suck or use a straw for the first few days. Also do not smoke within 24 hours of surgery.
- Softly rinse your mouth with warm salt water after the first day to clean the mouth as well as reduce pain and swelling.
- Continue to carefully brush teeth and gums.
- If your gum sensitivity or bleeding becomes intolerable during or after menstruation, your dentist may prescribe preventative topical to prevent any outbreaks.
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