Preparation before surgery: Your dentist or oral surgeon will take an x-ray of the area to help plan the best way to remove the tooth. Be sure to provide your full medical and dental history and a list of all medicines you take. This should include both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and supplements. If you are having wisdom teeth removed, you may have a panoramic x-ray. This x-ray takes a picture of all of your teeth at once. It can show several things that help to guide an extraction: The relationship of your wisdom teeth to your other teeth. The upper teeth's relationship to your sinuses. The lower teeth's relationship to a nerve in the jawbone that gives feeling to your lower jaw, lower teeth, lower lip and chin. This nerve is called the inferior alveolar nerve. Any infections, tumors or bone disease that may be present.
Estimated Recovery Time: 2 days
Estimated Hospital Stay: No hospitalization necessary
What to do after surgery: A cut in the mouth tends to bleed more than a cut on the skin, because it cannot dry out and form a scab. After an extraction, you'll be asked to bite on a piece of gauze for 20 to 30 minutes. This pressure will allow the blood to clot. You still will have a small amount of bleeding for the next 24 hours or so. It should taper off after that. Don't disturb the clot that forms on the wound. You can put ice packs on your face to reduce swelling. Typically, they are left on for 20 minutes at a time and removed for 20 minutes. If your jaw is sore and stiff after the swelling goes away, try warm compresses. Eat soft and cool foods for a few days. Then try other food as you feel comfortable. A gentle rinse with warm salt water, started 24 hours after the surgery, can help to keep the area clean. Use one-half teaspoon of salt in a cup of water. Most swelling and bleeding end within a day or two after the surgery. Initial healing takes at least two weeks. If you need stitches, your doctor may use the kind that dissolve on their own. This usually takes one to two weeks. Rinsing with warm salt water will help the stitches to dissolve. Some stitches need to be removed by the dentist or surgeon. You should not smoke, use a straw or spit after surgery. These actions can pull the blood clot out of the hole where the tooth was.
Cost of procedure in Ecuador: $170
Estimated savings: 87%