Wisdom Teeth are the last set of molars that erupt in our early twenties. At times Wisdom Teeth becomes a precious asset to your mouth if strong and properly aligned. But mostly, they are not aligned well and basically need removal. Wisdom teeth extraction falls under serious oral surgery.
Whenever we undergo any surgery, all we want is to let it heal properly and fast. Hence, we have made a list of wisdom teeth extraction – do’s and don’ts.
- Rest. Relax for 2-3 days. But that doesn’t imply you have gotta be totally bed-ridden.
- Elevate your head. This will minimize the level of swelling.
- Place an ice pack for the first 24-48 hours after the extraction. Icing will reduce your pain and lessen your swelling. Keep applying the ice packs 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off for 1-2 hour time periods.
- Bite on your cotton gauze. The pressure aids to stop your bleeding.
- Keep it clean. Gargle with the salt-water solution once a day.
- Consume liquid and soft food for a few days. For example soups, mashed potatoes, yogurts, milkshakes, smoothies, etc.
- Eat from the opposite side. It’s vital not to irritate the wound and let it heal.
- Do jaw exercises by slowly opening and closing your mouth for a couple of days. But remember, you shouldn’t try to do this instantly after your extraction process.
- Drink plenty of fluids especially water – but without using a straw!
- Take your medicines as prescribed. Don’t skip your dose, or it will be difficult to reduce the pain later.
- Brush gently. Brush your teeth from the next day after your extraction process. But don’t try to brush the wisdom teeth extraction site.
- Avoid using straws. Don’t suck, spit, smoke, or intake alcohol. Avoiding these helps maintain the blood clot that builds over the extraction region. If the clot somehow becomes dislodged, you may experience more bleeding and pain. A potential side effect will also spring up called dry sockets.
- Don’t eat, drink or talk just after your surgery.
- Stay away from solid food items for a few days. Avoid hot or carbonated drinks, spicy foods, sodas, etc.
- Don’t take aspirin. It’s a blood thinner and hence will delay clot formation.
- Stop icing after the first 48 hours after your extraction. Instead, use warm water on your extraction site. It will relieve your pain and promote healing.
- Don’t poke into the gap created with your tongue, finger, tissue, toothpick, or other stuff. It may delay your healing time. Thus it may provoke bleeding and can lead to a dry socket.
- Don’t rinse your mouth too strenuously. The pressure might dislodge the blood clot and lead to complications.
Also, meet your dentist if bleeding continues after 24 hours or you experience fever or great discomfort.
Get the help you need!
You can get in touch with Rose Dental Care if you want to receive the best tooth extraction service in Tyler, TX. Our dentist and the whole team use the least invasive techniques possible to reduce discomfort post-surgery. We strive hard to offer the best treatment and guidance to our patients for any of their dental complications along with optimal comfort. We are just a call away.