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If you have been told you need to have your wisdom teeth removed and have been delaying it, well there might be a solution if you happen to be coming to Vietnam. We happen to  treat many patients over the past 15 years who said the fee and hospitalization was too high in their home country and therefore have put off surgery. Having to postpone any necessary treatment due to the hefty fees is becoming a common problem for those in Western countries that are uninsured.

What to expect after surgery
Recovery takes approximately two to seven days, with the socket area being fully closed in approximately three to four weeks.

Once you have undergone the surgical extraction procedure, there are several steps to take to ensure proper healing and recovery from the procedure.

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During the first 24 hours after your wisdom teeth removal, you can expect some bleeding. To control bleeding, a moist, clean piece of gauze can be placed over the extraction site. Biting pressure applied for 45 minutes should stop the bleeding.

A teabag also is an effective alternative to gauze to prevent bleeding, with the added benefit of tannic acid, which assists in clot formation. If heavy bleeding occurs for an extended time, contact your oral surgeon or dentist.

Stitches may be used during your procedure if the wisdom tooth is impacted and must be removed from under the surface of the gum line. Most likely we use only self-dissolving ones so that you don’t need to see someone postoperatively. We will discuss with you whether or not you need to return to the dental office to have them removed.

Facial swelling may be expected after extraction. To relieve swelling, we give you an ice pack to apply to the face even before swelling occurs. This ice pack should be applied for 10 minutes and removed for 20 minutes, then repeated. This cycle can be repeated as often as necessary during the first 24 hours following removal and works well to control swelling.

For pain and discomfort, over the counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be used. We also use codeine and other prescription pain relievers, if necessary. Antibiotics also may be prescribed prior to the procedure to clear any infections of the tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth. After extraction, it is important to continue taking the medication to prevent any infection.

Aftercare
Post-extraction, it also is necessary to maintain proper oral hygiene, as well as follow these recommendations:

  • Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours immediately following a tooth extraction.
  • Stick to a soft or liquid diet (milk, ice cream, mashed potatoes, pudding) the day of and the day after a tooth extraction, gradually progressing to eating other easy-to-chew foods. Chew with teeth that are far from the extraction site.
  • Brush and floss the other teeth as usual, but avoid the teeth and gum next to the extraction socket.
  • After the first 24 hours, gently rinse the socket with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of water) after meals and before bed. Repeat this process for at least five days following extraction.

What do you do to support me while I’m in Vietnam?
Firstly we make sure your surgery is properly prepared and you are aware of what to expect. This includes the use of proper cone-beam CT scanning. We give detailed verbal and written instructions to help you get through the first few days with flying colors. Finally, we have daily support even on Sundays and Holidays. Our team routinely contacts you by email or SMS to ensure your first post surgery day is going well.

Will I be unable to eat anything in Vietnam?
Generally, we advise eating softer food because you may be more restricted in opening following the first day of surgery. But this will wear off. Most Vietnamese foods tend to be soup based such as Pho, Bun Bo Hue, Banh Canh and the country serves chewable and soft fish, seafood, pork and plenty of tofu. Beef might be the one exception that might be a little tough for the first few days.

What Can I Expect at Dr.Tooth?
You should expect professionalism and quality care. We pride ourselves in making wisdom teeth surgery the best experience possible in a very modern environment.

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