Cold Therapy after Wisdom Teeth Surgery Meta Analysis

An interesting article titled “The Effectiveness of the Cold Therapy (cryotherapy) in the Management of Inflammatory Parameters after Removal of Mandibular Third Molars: A Meta-Analysis,” written by Fernandes et al. appears in the International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology vol. 23, pp. 221–228, 2019. The authors set out to compare whether cryotherapy also as known as cold therapy has an effect on clinical outcomes such as pain, edema (swelling), and trismus (mouth opening) after wisdom teeth surgeries. The authors searched scientific literature for clinical trials on the use of cold therapy for pain, trismus, and edema following wisdom teeth surgery. They searched in electronic databases covering the time period up until March 2018. The authors first identified 1,080 studies. They then removed duplicates and articles that did not meet their inclusion criteria. They authors arrived at 11 studies that met their inclusion criteria … Read more

Music to Listen to After Wisdom Teeth Surgery: 2020 Edition

Over the last few years on this blog, to kick off the new year, a post has been made about music to listen to after having wisdom teeth surgery. It can take days to recover, so you have some down time and need something to do. Naturally, there are other ways besides listening to music you could use to occupy your time after the surgery such as to read books or watch TV; however, this post is to give music recommendations you can easily listen to on YouTube. So far, eight posts in the past have appeared on this site providing recommendations for music to listen to after wisdom teeth surgery has been made. To recap these are YouTube Musicians Rock and Roll Songs Jazz Songs Christian Music Gangnam Style 2013 Edition 2018 Edition 2019 Edition New music is always … Read more

The Defensive Patients Guide to Wisdom Teeth Removal

Medical doctors are often accused of practicing what is known as defensive medicine. With defensive medicine, a doctor will deviate from the normal practice of medicine in order to perform a medical treatment or run a diagnostic test in order to reduce potential exposure to a malpractice lawsuit. This leads to treatments and tests that are not clinically necessary and is often said to be a cause of overtesting and overtreatment. Defensive medicine is discussed as serving to protect the physician from a lawsuit by the patient. What is not discussed is the idea that a patient can also practice defensive medicine to protect the patient from losing a legitimate lawsuit against the physician. Applying this concept to wisdom teeth surgery, the following is suggested for a patient to help protect themselves from losing a legitimate lawsuit against a physician, … Read more

New Research Being Conducted at Rutgers for Opioid Alternatives Could Lead to Less Potential Drug Abuse for those Having Wisdom Teeth Surgery

Recently this past year many posts appeared on this site discussing opioids being given after wisdom teeth surgery. Such posts include Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Current Perspectives on Opioid Prescribing, Do Oral Surgeons Give Too Many Opioids for Wisdom Teeth Removal?, Important Studies on Opioid Prescribing: Implications for Dentistry, and Studies and Opinions on Opioids After Wisdom Teeth Removal. It is clear that finding viable alternatives to opioids without the same addicting qualities is a worthwhile endeavor. A potential opioid alternative was discussed in the post Long-acting Local Anesthetic After Wisdom Teeth Removal. Recently in September, 2019, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine was awarded an $11.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research on the combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen to be used as an alternative to opioids [1]. This study will involve 1,800 patients and will … Read more

Meghan Trainor Has All Four Wisdom Teeth Removed

Meghan Trainor, is yet another recent celebrity to share that she has had her wisdom teeth removed. Other celebrities that have had wisdom teeth surgery have been discussed on this site before in the posts Celebrities who have had Wisdom Teeth Extracted and Recent Celebrities to have Wisdom Teeth Removal. Meghan is a 25 year old female, who is a famous musician. She shared on her Instagram on November 19, 2019, that she was planning to just have one wisdom tooth extracted, but that she was told all four wisdom teeth should be extracted, and thus had all four removed. Meghan posted four videos on her Instagram after her wisdom teeth surgery of her with an ice pack around her mouth with gauze in her mouth shortly after the surgery. In the first video she mentions how she loves her … Read more