Everyone who has had their wisdom teeth removed knows that the aftermath is painful due to tenderness and swelling.
In order to ensure your wisdom tooth post-extraction is the best as possible, make sure to properly take care of your teeth and body.
Here are some wisdom teeth removal recovery tips:
Consume very soft or liquid meals while the area is still tender and painful.
Be careful with what you eat to ensure you don’t harm the healing area after wisdom tooth removal.
Opt for sugarless smoothies, soups, and other liquid-y or soft foods for a while until the wound(s) begin to show improvements.
Get plenty of sleep to allow quicker healing.
With good sleep comes a better immune system capable of working long and hard to ensure your wisdom tooth wounds heal as they’re supposed to and as quickly as they should.
Getting plenty of sleep is vital in the healing process of really any surgery.
Take over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribed pain medications given to you or recommended by your dentist/surgeon.
To aid with the pain, take any medications your dentist or surgeon gave you or recommended you to try.
Taking these fairly after your surgery will reduce the pain when it’s the most intense. These will be especially appreciated the first few days in particular.
Apply ice to the area to bring down swelling.
It’s likely your mouth will slightly swell after wisdom tooth extraction. To help with the swelling and to numb a bit of the pain, opt for an ice pack.
Also, consider keeping frozen water pops or ice cubes in your mouth to numb the area more directly as well. Do not suck on the ice or ice pops. (Read the next bullet point for an explanation.)
Don’t drink through straws while recovering as the pressure could cause a dry socket.
It’s important that you don’t use straws when you’re recovering from wisdom tooth removal surgery.
Doing so can cause a dry socket, causing a blood clot to release due to the pressure from using the straw. Be careful with the area of the healing wound in general.
Don’t participate in strenuous activities while recovering.
Participating in strenuous activities is not ideal as the body is in a state of recovery. Sure, it may be “just your mouth,” but any injury requires plenty of downtimes, especially the first few days. In addition to strenuous activities, try not to talk too much in order to give the mouth bit of a break.
Be careful when brushing your teeth.
As always, it’s important to participate in oral hygiene routines, but with your mouth in a state of healing, it’s vital that you don’t aggressively brush your teeth as this could cause problems with the healing wounds. Clean your teeth enough to clean them, but don’t overdo it.
Pay attention to any strange symptoms.
If you notice symptoms that should not be occurring or display worsening and/or excruciating symptoms such as bleeding that won’t stop, swelling that lasts several days, a longer-than-expected healing process, infection in the mouth, or any other problems, contact a dental professional immediately.
Also, if pain medication is causing your symptoms, this would also be a good time to contact a doctor and opt for an alternative pain reliever. Always play it safe when it comes to recovery, and contact a doctor or dentist if problems arise or if you have any questions or concerns.
We at Hawaii Family Dental welcomes patients for dental emergencies. Call us today if you are experiencing oral-related problems that need immediate attention. Our emergency dentist will tend to your needs as soon as possible.
Date Published: November 6, 2016
Last Updated: February 6, 2019