The vast majority of people today have at least one of their wisdom teeth removed. This is usually because wisdom teeth are impacted — trapped in your jaw or under your gums — or there is tooth decay, gum disease or a threat to neighboring teeth. Whatever the reason, it’s important to think about what happens after the wisdom teeth extraction procedure. While your dentist can minimize damage and set your mouth up for better healing, it’s going to take some effort on your part if you want to fully recover and heal properly.
What to Expect After Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Pain and swelling are to be expected after wisdom teeth extractions. After all, your mouth has a wound that likely required stitches. There might also be bleeding. During the first hour after your wisdom teeth extraction, your dentist will recommend that you bite down gently on gauze placed over the surgery area. There’s also the potential for oozing, nausea and other discomforts.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Recovery Tips
After 24 hours has passed, then you can really start working on your recovery. Here are a few wisdom teeth extraction recovery tips to ensure that your mouth heals properly, according to WebMD:
- Bite gently on the gauze pad periodically, and change pads as they become soaked with blood.
- While your mouth is numb, be careful not to bite the inside of your cheek or lip, or your tongue.
- Do not lie flat. This may prolong bleeding. Prop up your head with pillows.
- Try using an ice pack on the outside of your cheek. Apply for 15 to 20 minutes at a time for the first 24 hours.
- Relax after surgery. Physical activity may increase bleeding.
- Eat soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding, or a thin soup. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.
- Do not use a straw for the first few days. Sucking on a straw can loosen blood clot and delay healing.
- After the first day, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
- Do not smoke for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
- Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue or touching it with your fingers.
- Continue to brush your teeth and tongue carefully.
If you would like more advice on recovery after wisdom teeth extractions, don’t hesitate to contact our office today.
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