Wisdom Tooth Aftercare Guide: A 101 of What You Should KNow

 

When your dentist says, “you need to have your wisdom teeth removed,” you might feel a bit scared of the whole process but take into account that this is a very common procedure, one that is often suggested when undergoing orthodontic treatment. The purpose of removing your wisdom teeth is to prevent cavities from spreading from those teeth that are hard to reach to your other teeth and to keep your newly aligned teeth from becoming overcrowded again.

What you want to know is what to expect after the oral surgery? It may be all good during the surgery when you are full of anesthesia, but what can you expect once the numbing drug wears off? With the help of Smile Bright Dental group, we decided to do an in depth guide on wisdom teeth removal aftercare.

On the First Day

Right after you leave the office, the anesthesia will start to wear off and you may feel a bit strange. This is normal suggest the experts at Smile Bright. Your mouth will be full of gauze and you do want to bite down softly but enough so that the gauze does not move.The idea is that you keep the gauze or cotton in place until the bleeding stops. This will take about an hour or so.  If you still see a lot of bleeding, place enough padding so that you can add a little pressure to stop bleeding.  Change the padding out as you need to.

Be Careful

Smile Bright suggests that on the first day you want to refrain from touching or eating anything on the areas that are affected.  Rinse your mouth but not vigorously and refrain from touching the surgical area with your fingers or with anything else. You want to even keep your tongue away from this area. You can brush your teeth gently. You also need to stop smoking, at least until the surgical area has healed. Smoking will slow down the healing, and can cause some pain, but more importantly it can impede the healing and even cause dry socket which will require additional treatment.  If you smoke after a tooth removal your dentist may need to perform another process to correct the damage you create by smoking after the surgery.

You still need to practice good oral hygiene. It is important to practice oral hygiene, you just need to be careful around the surgical area. You also want to rinse your mouth out with saltwater. You can mix a tablespoon of salt in a glass of water and swish it gently in your mouth. Saltwater offers an additional antiseptic to keep your mouth clean. Use this salt water rinse about 2-3 times a day to reduce the inflammation and keep the area clean.

Activities

Once you get your wisdom teeth removed you need to take special care of yourself for a few days.  You need to remain inactive for the first day after surgery. Avoid doing anything strenuous like bending or lifting, as this can increase the bleeding, and may cause additional pain. And be careful when you stand up too quickly, as you can get a little dizzy. Your dentist may tell you to stop exercising for a few days as this can increase the bleeding, swelling and discomfort.  Smile Bright experts suggest you avoid exercise altogether for a few days.

 

Blood

Expect periodic bleeding to occur after surgery. You might bleed sporadically for the first 24 hours after the surgery. You can staunch the blood by using cotton or gauze in your mouth. .

 

Persistent Bleeding

Note that the bleeding should stop after 24 hours but even then it should not be profuse and you should be able to control it with gauze. However,  if the bleeding is strong,  it usually means that you are biting too hard on the cotton or gauze in your mouth.  If bleeding continues or begins again sit up. Use tea bags to staunch the blood as tea leaves contain tannic acid which is known to clot blood.

Swelling

Expect some inflamation for a few days after surgery. Smile Bright offered a few tips you can follow to reduce the problem. Use a cold pack to reduce swelling. You want to apply the cold pack or towel-wrapped ice to the cheek closest to the surgical area. Apply this in a twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off fashion. This is especially important during the first day after surgery. Be sure to take any medication the dentist gives you as directed.

 

Pain

Smile Bright suggests that it is normal to feel  some pain and discomfort following the surgery but you can minimize the discomfort. Your dentist will usually give you a prescription for pain medication and if you take it as directed the pain will subside. However, pain medication can cause you to feel a little sick to your stomach, so you may want to take it after you eat something.  If the pain medication does not work as you would like you can add an analgesic about every 8 hours as you need to.

 

Diet

Eat foods that are soft for the first few days. You want to avoid foods at high or low temperatures and try drinking through a straw to avoid getting the surgical areas infected.  As the days progress you can gradually add solid foods into your diet. Remember, you don’t want to skip meals, you need your strength.

 

Nausea

It is normal to experience some nausea and vomiting, especially in the first day. This happens because you swallow blood and because of the anesthesia. you can nibble on crackers to eliminate some of this nausea.

 

Healing

You can expect the first couple of days to be the most uncomfortable because of the swelling. But by the third day you should be feeling better and eating solid foods.

 

Bruising

You might develop some discoloration and bruising. This is normal and lasts only a few days.

 

Feel Sharp Edges

You might, at some point, feel something hard or sharp in the area where the procedure took place. You are feeling the bones that used to support the teeth and you may even find that slivers of bone come out in your saliva. If this is serious you need to call your dentist.

Dry Mouth

If the corners of your mouth are stretched they may dry out and crack. Remember to drink plenty of water and use moisturizer or lip balm on your lips.

 

Experiencing a Sore Throat

Some people experience a sore throat after surgery. This can be normal because the muscles might experience some inflammation. The problem should go away in a few days.

Bottom Line

Smile Bright Dental group tells us that recovery after wisdom teeth removal is pretty quick. But it is normal to feel some pain after the procedure and this may take a few days to go away. Note that this is surgery and there will be some bruising that your body needs to deal with, so just be careful and go about returning to your normal habits slowly.

 

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